The Preventive Cardiology program at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides the following services.
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:
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.
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:
Advanced cardiac imaging tests, such as coronary artery calcium scanning and CT angiography (heart scans), are available for the appropriate patients.
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:
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.
Research and investigation are cornerstones of this university-based program. You have access to several ongoing clinical trials of investigational drugs and new therapies.