The Preventive Cardiology program at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides the following services.

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

For those patients without known heart disease, the program uses both standard methods as well as the latest tools to help determine a patient's risk of heart attack and stroke as accurately as possible. We have expertise in complex cases, such as patients with a strong family history of heart disease, young patients, and patients with unconventional risk factors.

Factors we evaluate to determine your risk can include:

  • Advanced blood tests, such as C-reactive protein and advanced lipoprotein testing
  • Detailed family history of heart disease
  • Imaging tests of the heart and blood vessels
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Traditional risk factors, like cholesterol and blood pressure

Multidisciplinary Risk Intervention

Our team of doctors, nurses, a nutritionist, and a nurse practitioner works together to prepare an individualized medical plan to treat your specific risk factors for heart disease. We work closely with you, providing extensive counseling and follow-up to achieve healthy lifestyle goals. Medications also can be prescribed as necessary to help treat these heart disease risk factors.

Lipid Management

All patients with cholesterol problems evaluated by our physicians are also seen by our nutritionist for dietary interventions and followed closely by our nurse practitioner.

Our lipid management program includes:

  • Board-certified lipidologists
  • Expertise in complex and severe cholesterol disorders
  • Genetic testing when appropriate
  • LDL apheresis for patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia, a rare genetic cholesterol disorder

Cardiac Imaging

Advanced cardiac imaging tests, such as coronary artery calcium scanning and CT angiography (heart scans), are available for the appropriate patients.

Nutrition Services

A registered dietitian with expertise in all aspects of preventive heart health, including cholesterol problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, is a key member of the team and available for consultation.

Our nutrition services include:

  • Computerized food record analysis
  • Diabetic education and nutrition counseling
  • Heart healthy eating plan
  • Weight loss instructions

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase II cardiac rehabilitation is a 12- to 18-week program of supervised exercise and extensive educational classes to help patients who have had a recent heart attack, heart surgery, coronary artery stenting, angina, or other condition reduce the risk of future heart attacks and heart problems.

Clinical Trials

Research and investigation are cornerstones of this university-based program. You have access to several ongoing clinical trials of investigational drugs and new therapies.