Christie Ballantyne, MD: Cholesterol Levels During COVID-19

April 14, 2021
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

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Many patients have begun to engage in unhealthy lifestyle choices during the last 12 months.

One of the main byproducts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many individuals began to engage in unhealthy habits, whether it is eating poorly or smoking or drinking more or failing to exercise.

Unfortunately, a year of bad habits along with being difficult to break could have lasting impacts on a person’s overall health, especially their cardiovascular health.

Couple some of the bad habits with a year where many didn’t receive annual checkups or physicals or even see a health care specialist at all and there might be some severe cardiovascular ramifications doctors will soon have to deal with.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Christie Ballantyne, MD, chief of Cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, explained just how damaging the last year of the pandemic may have been and what he suggests are the best solutions moving forward.

Ballantyne said unhealthy lifestyle choices can be especially damaging to not only cholesterol levels, but other aspects of cardiovascular health.

However, there is some hope as many are starting to realize the damage they have done during the unusual year and are reversing some of the decisions in order to promote better cardiovascular health.

Ballantyne also said more patients are beginning to seek checkups with their health care providers.