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Run for Your life! At a comfortable pace, and not too far by James O’Keefe (Transcript)

James O Keefe at TEDxUMKC

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Great to be here. I’m a cardiologist, but before that, I was an exercise enthusiast. I’ve exercised, I bet, pretty much everyday of my life.

I had two grandfathers who were alcoholics. But for me, my way of coping with life is exercise. When I’m nervous, or anxious, or tired or, happy, or sad, or whatever, I exercise, if I have the time, and sometimes even when I don’t. You might have seen me in an airport, waiting for a flight, running up the down escalator with my backpack on, to kill 20 minutes.

But I always thought that exercise was the best thing for my heart, and I think it’s how I decided, at age 15, I wanted to be a cardiologist actually. But now that I am 56 [years old], and a lot of decades have gone by, I’ve started to have a few warning signs from my heart. A couple years ago I noticed this, and I got on a mission. I’m a research cardiologist, and I have a research fellow. And he and I have been working on this for the past couple years. And with the help of some of the brightest cardiologists from around the country, we had come to some startling new insights that seem to emerging about exercise.

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