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< WELL SERVED H AU TE FAC TO R “WE SPEND TOO MUCH TIME SITTING. SO WE TEACH OUR PATIENTS TO ADOPT STANDING AND NOT SIT AT COMPUTERS ALL DAY.” —DR. ARTHUR AGATSTON WHAT DO YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR JOB? I love to come into the office every day. Most of my patients have my cell phone number and it’s very rewarding. And, I love the research. TIPS FOR EXERCISE? DOC TALK Renowned cardiologist and “South Beach Diet” founder Dr. Arthur Agatston talks shop, from avoiding heart plaque to gluten-free diets and exercise tips. BY JENNIE NUNN I f Dr. Arthur Agatston, the Miami-based mastermind behind The South Beach Diet and The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, hadn’t landed his calling as a world-famous cardiologist, he would have pursued a career in the classroom. “I would probably have become a history professor,” says Agatston, who majored in history at the University of Wisconsin before attending the New York University School of Medicine. “My father and my grandfather were doctors— opthamologists. I grew up in a town where friends’ dads were doctors. 46 ISSUE ONE | ASPIRE It was the old-fashioned idea of the doctor being part of the community, and I liked that. I didn’t get excited about the science part until the end of my residency. During my cardiology training is when I really fell in love with medicine.” Today his practice focuses on high-risk cardiac prevention. On the heels of his son’s wedding in Hawaii, the busy Agatston reveals his take on exercise, the importance of heart health, and his latest endeavors, including innovative technology for office-free visits. It’s not one size fits all. We spend too much time sitting. So we teach our patients to adopt standing a good part of the day and not sit at computers all day. That’s really bad for you. Interval exercise is really important. If you’re running on a treadmill or elliptical, do different intensities. And functional exercise or “classic gym” with machines and isolated muscles. Stretching as well. Vary your routines and have rest days. We’ve learned that running marathons in particular, and triathlons, is not good for your heart, like we used to think. We have patients that are marathoners that have quite a bit of plaque in their hearts )]ݕɕeЁЁѼոх)ٕи) MPQMPQ