How to Keep Your Heart From Killing You | Michael Rocha | TEDxNewBedford

How to Keep Your Heart From Killing You | Michael Rocha | TEDxNewBedford

There have been some amazing advances in caring for hearts, however, despite all of these advances we still lose far too many people suddenly in the prime of their life. A 2014 study suggested that 4 out of 5 heart attacks may be prevented by eating healthy, exercising, not smoking and maintaining a normal waistline. When New Bedford was recognized as one of the least healthy cities in Massachusetts to grow older, Dr. Michael Rocha laced up his sneakers and became more of a coach than a doctor with a prescription for a community to walk, eat healthy, laugh often and live now.

Michael Rocha is a cardiologist with Hawthorn Medical Associates, LLC and is the Director of Heart Failure Services at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford where he is working to change to the perception from Heart Failure to Heart Wellness. After seeing patients with preventable heart disease in his community, he seized the opportunity to help improve the health and well-being of his hometown of New Bedford beyond just prescriptions. He started the New Bedford Wellness Initiative as a monthly wellness walk that has grown quickly since the first walk in April 2014.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


  1. Caro Dufrasne on September 19, 2021 at 9:47 pm

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  2. Drew M on September 19, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    His pic that he showed doesn’t look that bad.

  3. Gaples Institute Nutrition and Lifestyle Learning on September 19, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Mike, an amazingly empowering message told with a lot of heart. Bravo!

  4. rifa si rifa on September 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm


  5. capt jim Mcintyre on September 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks, this is more like I see how one deals with their health issues–stay away from killer foods, and enjoy the good things in life that bring exercise and health–read some Ellen G White health writings, and other great ideas of a healthy life!

  6. The Proof is in the Plants on September 19, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Do also watch: TED-Talk „Making Heart Attacks History“ from Caldwell Esselstyn

  7. Brett Freed on September 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    All these treatments but yet Arrhythmia’s still seem to little advancement. Ablations that may or may not work, medications that sometimes help but have terrible side affects. The heart is an amazing organ but when will we start to cure issues instead of mask them and bring back quality of life to so many.

  8. Shamus Obi on September 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    why is wearing a stethoscope?

  9. El Nene .Galan on September 19, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    I do ALL THAT and BP doesn’t come down!! please, thanks

  10. Mark Stankiewicz on September 19, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    I had an ablation for atrial fibrillation 9 years ago with LV dysfunction i try to cycle 5kms every second day, the moment i started taking 10 grams a day of ascorbic acid all my sensative heart problems stopped… thats pure vitamine C, they new years ago it extended the lifes of heart falure patients, dont get me wrong i still take 25 mlg of beater blocker and a blood pressure pill but i have no ectopic or arithmea after i started on ascorbate , witch mantains cells in the muscle……google it ….the wonder of pure ascorbate was known 40 years ago but the fda and ama would prefer you to have a pacemaker……….take all of the advise from this doctor but start on the ascorbate it has dramatic effect’s on the body with zero side effects, the bowl tolerates 3 grams an hour, over that you spray the bowl.

  11. Yeah on September 19, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Go for a walk!

    Yes you! You reading this!

    Get out there it’s EXTREMELY good for you! Go for more walks and small improvements make big changes!

    Walk for 2 minutes today, then 3 minutes tomorrow

  12. 2X 2X on September 19, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Im 17 with heart problems it beats real hard and incosistant and my blood pressure gets high

  13. The Proof is in the Plants on September 19, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Think more about Quality of foods than quantity:
    Eat Whole Foods
    Limit or eliminate processed foods
    Eat a variety of whole plant foods, Vegetables, Fruits, Whole Grains, Legumes, a little nuts/seeds.
    And exercise, even 20 minutes a day, can help, as he said.
    PS: it will also reduce your risk of Alzheimers (Source: „Power Foods for the brain“, TEDxtalk from Dr. Neal Barnard)

  14. John Berry on September 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Don’t smoke.

  15. Joel Kahn, MD, Healthy Heart Doc on September 19, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Great video, thanks for teaching so many Joel

  16. Charles Atwell on September 19, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    The only way to keep your heart healthy is a whole Food Plant Based way of eating. Also oil ALL OIL is poison.

  17. Bee Free on September 19, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    You need to learn to stop pacing…it distracts from your talk….great message but stand still a bit more.

  18. Ayush Pandey on September 19, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    this is really motivating that heart diseases can really be prevented by some little cares.

  19. The Proof is in the Plants on September 19, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    It’s you who’s killing your heart

  20. Оптимальный Английский on September 19, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you 👍🏼

  21. Bill Lyon on September 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    but why? what exactly is a heart attack. What exactly causes blocked arteries? Serious information is missing here. Why after all these years is cardiovascular disease still the biggest killer in the western world? Yeah, I died once when I was a kid too but my dad made me walk it off. c’mon man.

  22. Sydney Dumond on September 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    anyone know if the 100 million goal was accomplished?

  23. IW Nunn on September 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Such an important message and only 8500 views from 2015 to 2018.

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  25. Ahmed Mathey on September 19, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Very interesting topic….

  26. Positively Soothing on September 19, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    When he meets the behavioral and spiritual therapist who also knows Martial arts, he sounds a lot like the man Morgan meets in season 6 of the walking dead. You just have to see it to know what I’m talking about. If you know what I’m talking about it’s spot on

    Edit: it’s season 6 episode 4. Titled here’s not here.

  27. patricia beckman on September 19, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I’m inspired. Must think of a way to bring knowledge and movement into our community

  28. Zygor Guides on September 19, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks mike, Good topic that needs some serious awareness!

  29. Saitama on September 19, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    So explain the people eating a lot of saturated fats on keto?

  30. Julian Marcus Esposito on September 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Great message. But, What some think is healthy, is not! Diet is 80%, and let’s say 20% stress. it’s the Stress, that is what’s killing us. And if it’s 80% stress and 20% diet, it’s going to either all but kill us, or actually kill you if you’re lucky enough to survive. Over all. STAY AWAY FROM SUGAR. Or things like bread, grain, and especially sugary fruit. Sugar is sugar, fruit or a cookie or a coke, it’s sugar.. Stay away from it.

  31. The Proof is in the Plants on September 19, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Video for the heart: „How to keep your body from killing you“
    My Point: It’s the people that are killing their hearts, not the other way around

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