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Advocate Spotlight: Zara Nadeem inspires students to advocate for healthy hearts!

After seeing the impact heart health had on Zara Nadeem’s family, she was inspired to speak out on health issues and have her fellow students join her fight.

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Zara is a sophomore at CUNY Hunter College, majoring in biological sciences and minoring in political science. She is pursuing an MD/MPH, focusing on the fields of cardiology and/or oncology. Recently, she created the AHA Club at Hunter because of her growing interest in cardiology. Zara says “I hope that I along with my peers can work on bringing more awareness to cardiology, through educating pre-health students about a variety of cardiovascular issues, advocating for key legislative issues to support the heart community, and help fund the AHA programs to further support their research efforts in bettering heart health.”

Along with a passion for medicine, Zara also has family history with heart and brain health issues. Much of her family has been affected by heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. That pushed her interest in treatment and prevention of these health issues and how to spread awareness. She wants to help people like her father and others live longer, healthier lives.

When Zara isn’t at school or fighting for heart and brain health, she loves to write poems and short stories, hang out with friends, and explore New York City.

 

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