Prevention and Nutrition

Reducing Risks, Saving Lives

Almost one million Americans suffer a heart attack each year, and half of those who die suddenly will have had no previous warning symptoms. Although there is no cure for cardiovascular disease, much can be done to prevent its development and complications.

The Preventive Cardiology Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center is dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease and its complications, particularly in patients who are at high risk.

For each patient, we look at hereditary factors and other conditions that may affect their future health. Then, a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and dietitians tailors a plan to aggressively reduce risk factors, combining traditional approaches with new strategies based on research. (Try some heart-healthy recipes.)

Who Should See Us?

You would benefit from our Preventive Cardiology Program if you have:

  • History of heart attack, stroke, or peripheral artery disease at a young age
  • Multiple family members who have had these diseases
  • Risk factors for atherosclerosis that are difficult to control, such as abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking

Services Offered

Our Comprehensive Risk Assessment

  • Coronary artery calcium scanning, carotid intima-media thickness measurement, and other imaging tests
  • Family screening
  • Genetic assessment in select cases
  • New and emerging risk factor evaluation
  • Standard risk assessment methodology

Our Multidisciplinary Risk Intervention

  • Access to cutting-edge research and novel therapies
  • Exercise programs
  • Nutritionist services
  • Physician counseling

Additional Care

In addition to our risk assessment and intervention, we offer:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation program of exercise and educational classes
  • Clinical trials of promising new drugs and therapies
  • Imaging tests of the heart and blood vessels
  • Lipid management to control cholesterol disorders