Even with significant medical advances and greater access to healthcare, heart disease still remains the leading cause of death globally. While this is cause for concern alone, the risks of heart disease and other chronic illnesses have been amplified due to the impact of the COVID-19 and its links to harmful effects on the cardiovascular system.
While conventional knowledge has led us to believe eating healthfully and adopting an active lifestyle can help safeguard against the propensity for conditions than lead to chronic illness, predicting and preventing disease isn’t quite so simple. These behaviours certainly contribute to overall health, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle. In order to get the full picture of a patients’ health, we need to start putting a bigger emphasis on both clinical factors coupled with a wide variety of social determinants to give them the best chance at a healthy, disease-free life.