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International patients to benefit from new hire at Baptist Health

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Arthur Agatston, M.D., preventive cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet book series, has recently joined Baptist Health Medical Group as medical director of wellness and prevention for Baptist Health South Florida.  Dr. Agatston will provide practicing cardiologists at Baptist Health with new insights into the prevention of heart disease, which will then be offered to local and international patients.

The addition of Dr. Agatston to our clinical wellness and preventive medicine team will allow us to further our mission of helping the community become healthier, said Brian E. Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida. Thanks to his research, and the work of other experts, we now better understand that adopting a healthy lifestyle lowers the risk for many diseases.

Dr. Agatston's approach to health and well-being initiatives includes the principles of good nutrition, such as eating healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, plenty of fiber, vegetables, and lean proteins. Dr. Agatston also stresses the importance of routine exercise, sleep and not smoking as ways to help prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity that can raise the risk of a heart attack and stroke.

Baptist Health has a vision that has put it far ahead of many organizations in terms of health and wellness, Dr. Agatston said. Its employee wellness program, Wellness Advantage, has been recognized nationally as an award-winning venture. The idea is to bring this corporate health culture to the entire community, and the move is a tremendous opportunity for me to broaden my research, educate the public, and continue to see patients.

Dr. Agatston, a lecturer on diet, health, and the prevention of heart disease both nationally and internationally, graduated from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York and a cardiology fellowship at New York University. He is a professor at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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