About the Author

Holly Strawbridge

Holly Strawbridge has been managing editor of Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor and was also ME of Cleveland Clinic Women’s Heart Advisor. Previously, she contributed regularly to both publications, as well as to Duke Medicine’s HealthNews, for which she was cardiovascular news editor from 2006 to 2018. She wrote Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease in 1999 and has updated the report every year since 2006. Holly also is a regular contributor to Cleveland Clinic’s physician-to-physician website, Consult QD. Former positions have included serving as executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter and writing physician marketing publications for hospitals throughout the United States and continuing medical education projects for pharmaceutical companies. Her medical writing career began in 1982, when Cleveland Clinic hired her to produce patient education videos. Holly served as media relations/PR manager for Cleveland Clinic’s first satellite location in Fort Lauderdale in 1988. Today, she specializes in cardiovascular medicine, but regularly writes about all medical and surgical topics.

Articles by Holly Strawbridge

Don’t Stop Taking Your Blood Pressure Meds, Cardiologists Say

When facts are few and far between, misinformation often steps in to fill the gap. That’s precisely what happened when a prominent British medical journal published an opinion article on March 11 suggesting that angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers might increase the risk of serious complications or … Read More

COPD Treatment Regimens

Even though COPD cannot be cured, it can be treated. COPD treatment is aimed at reducing symptoms, preventing the disease from getting worse, improving the ability to exercise, preventing and treating complications, and preventing and treating exacerbations. Almost every person with COPD will be prescribed a short-acting bronchodilator (either a … Read More

Smoking and COPD

The primary cause of COPD is smoking, but long-term exposure to air pollution, dust, or certain chemicals also may cause or contribute to it. Genetics and biological differences also may be involved. A diet that is rich in fiber (from whole grains, whole fruits, vegetables, beans, brown rice, and nuts), … Read More

10+ Asthma Triggers to Avoid

People with asthma may suffer an asthma attack if they are exposed to certain triggers, which tend to vary from person to person. The following are the most common culprits. Pollen and Mold Outdoor allergens include pollen and mold. Allergy season, when pollen counts are highest, varies depending on where … Read More
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