Dr James O' Keefe

In this episode I talk to cardiologist, Dr James O' Keefe. James is a big proponent of lifestyle interventions to imporve cardiovascular health in athletes and non-athletes alike; defining the "optimal" amount of exercise. We also discuss some dietary supplements to support a healthy heart and his own daily healthy habits.

James is a cardiologist and Medical Director of the Charles and Barbara Dubok Cardio Health & Wellness Center at Saint Luke’s Mid American Heart Institute, an enormous practice of more than 60 cardiologists. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. James has authored best-selling cardiovascular books for health professionals, including the Complete Guide to EKGs, Dyslipidemia Essentials, and Diabetes Essentials. He has also authored over 300 academic studies in the broad area of lifestyle and disease.
This week we talk specifically on:
how James has ended up basing his cardiology practice on lifestyle intervention 
who is at risk of experiencing heart issues with too much exercise (and who isn't)
his recommendations for supplements to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease (for athletes and non-athletes)
his lifestyle recommendations for optimal health
His own daily practice for overall health.
Studies discussed:
Training for longevity: the reverse J curve for exercise: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32848273/

A Pesco-Mediterranean Diet With Intermittent Fasting: JACC Review Topic of the Week 

Physical Activity, All-Cause Mortality, and Longevity of College Alumni