Preventive Cardiology Services

Our preventive cardiology services combine attentive and compassionate care with extensive clinical and research resources. Our preventive cardiology experts are widely recognized as national leaders in heart disease prevention.

The preventive cardiology services offered at UT Southwestern Medical Center include:

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

If you don't have known heart disease, our preventive cardiologists will help determine your 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.

We determine your cardiovascular risk by evaluating:

  • 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.

Cholesterol Management

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

Our cholesterol 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

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 program. You have access to several ongoing clinical trials of investigational drugs and new therapies.