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The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has brought with it a much needed sense of hope. However, in order to truly defeat the pandemic, whether you are vaccinated or not, all of us need to continue to be vigilant about wearing a mask, keeping our distance from others and washing our hands. But don’t forget to take care of yourself in other ways, too, like keeping your routine health care appointments and seeking care when you need it.

February is National Heart Month, and this newsletter highlights some important things you can do to keep your heart healthy. Every day is an opportunity to do what’s good for your heart – whether it’s taking your dog for an extended walk, which is something I like to do, hitting the ski slopes or making sure you keep moving, even when you are staying at home.

John R. Brumsted, MD
President and CEO, UVM Health Network

The Pandemic's Heart-Breaking Side Effect: Sitting, Sitting, Sitting  

Did you know that being sedentary is its own risk, independent of lack of exercise and weight gain? A cardiologist shares heart-healthy steps to get you back on track. 

Getting Better All the Time 

A year ago, the risks associated with COVID-19 required rapid innovation by our cardiology team. Today, those improvements mean better, safer care for patients.

Seconds Count for a Second Chance 

Claire Benoit suffered a sudden heart attack as she walked in to a doctor’s appointment. Do you know what to do if you see someone suddenly collapse?

The Sad Connection Between Depression and Heart Disease 

People with depression have a 64 percent higher risk of developing coronary disease. Understanding the link between the head and the heart could help save your life. 

No Warning Signs

A seemingly healthy 16-year-old collapses while playing basketball with his Dad. Hope came in the form of a local cardiologist... and the friendship of a fighter pilot.