Heart to Heart: Spotlight on Cardiovascular Health Expert, Dr. Mary Branch

Hello We Empower Magazine readers!

Allow us to introduce you to Dr. Mary Branch, a remarkable individual who has dedicated her life to cardiovascular health and serving others. As a fourth-generation African American physician, Dr. Branch’s passion for making a difference in people’s lives is truly inspiring.

Driven by her commitment to cardiovascular health, Dr. Branch pursued a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the prestigious Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In doing so, she made history as the first African American female to be accepted into this esteemed program.

Dr. Branch’s journey is a testament to her unwavering determination and desire to break barriers in her field. Her accomplishments not only showcase her exceptional medical expertise but also highlight the importance of diversity and representation within healthcare.

Through her work and dedication, Dr. Mary Branch serves as an inspiration for aspiring medical professionals from diverse backgrounds, encouraging them to pursue their dreams and make meaningful contributions in their respective fields of expertise.

In your opinion, what are some key lifestyle changes that individuals can make to improve their heart health?

Dr. Branch: Start small. Start with 1,000 steps per day and aim to increase this. Physical activity and diet trackers are the best way to go. For changing your diet, start with eating half of what you eat now each meal. You will loose weight and save money. Then aim to substitute foods high in sugar, high in salt, simple carbs, with lean meats, vegetables, and aim towards a diet closer to the Mediterranean diet. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmoa1800389

What do you define as success?

Dr. Branch: Doing what you want, when you want; with those you love to do it with. Serving your designated purpose with gratitude and humility.

Do you believe in work- life balance? If so how do you maintain it?

Dr. Branch: I do. I set boundaries on my time. I articulate if one side is too off balance and negotiate ways to get a better balance (at home and at work). I’m intentional about downtime (Netflix on the couch; wordle, worldle, sudoku). I schedule my health (meals/exercise). I keep a running to do list with my priorities in check. I cut the fat when need be and feasible (people/relationships, projects). I match energies in terms of productivity. If no one is demanding it, I don’t need to emphasize my time on it. I really try to focus my 100% effort on top priorities and not over stretch.

Who is your business role model? Why?

Dr. Branch: Robert F Smith. He has amassed great wealth and continues to advocate towards change. He is free, and ultimately can do what he wants, when he wants to. He chooses to continue to serve in his purpose. I also admire Uche Blackstock with her medical media presence.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Dr. Branch: My daughter.

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