York U experts available to comment on heart health and disease


TORONTO, February 13, 2017 – Although Valentine’s Day is around the corner, York University heart experts say a happy heart needs more than red wine and chocolate. Eating healthy, physical activity and managing risk factors, like diabetes, can lead to a healthier heart and a longer life.

The following York University biologists from the Faculty of Science are available to comment on the causes, progression, and prevention of heart disease:

  • Peter Backx, Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Biology (Tier 1), is an expert on heart disease progression and prevention, heart failure, the benefits of exercise on cardiovascular health, and cardiac arrhythmias.
  • Robert Tsushima is a professor and expert on the causes and determinates of heart disease and diabetes.

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