Ask the Expert: Heart Disease Risk Factors

These experts participated in our Health Divide: Heart Disease Risk Factors, a destination in our Health Divide series.

Gladys Velarde, M.D. 

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Dr. Velarde is a member of the American College of Cardiology Prevention, Disparities of Care Work Group, and on the CardioSmart.org editorial board. Dr. Velarde's clinical interests include heart disease in women and other populations along with preventive care.

Dr. Velarde answered the following questions in this Health Divide on heart disease risk factors:

Jessica Shepherd MD, MBA, FACOG

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Dr. Shepherd is a board-certified OB-GYN and the Chief Medical Officer for Verywell Health. She is the founder and CEO of Sanctum Med + Wellness, a wellness concierge practice, and is affiliated with Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Shepherd answered the following questions in this Health Divide on heart disease risk factors:

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