Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States and throughout the world.
Fortunately, when risks are identified early, they can be treated quickly. This makes it easier and more effective to manage, treat, and prevent complications—as well as promote greater cardiac health. At Weill Cornell’s Preventive Cardiology practice, our mission is to prevent cardiovascular disease in high-risk individuals.
Our expert preventative cardiologists take the time to understand each patient’s unique history and needs and then create a targeted treatment plan to reduce the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery, or angioplasty.
How We Prevent Heart Disease
We prevent cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients by first understanding their cardiac health and individual needs. Each patient receives:
● In-depth cardiovascular evaluation, including a full medical history and examination of lifestyle habits
● Individualized lipid analysis
● Biomarker screening
● Advanced cardiac imaging
Personalized treatment plan: Using the cardiovascular assessment, laboratory studies, and advanced cardiac imaging, your cardiologist determines your risk for heart disease and provides a treatment plan to slow the progression of current heart problems and prevent future problems.
Your health plan may include:
● Diet and exercise suggestions
● Medication changes (for example, statin therapy or newer cholesterol-lowering therapies, called PCSK9 inhibitors)
● Suggestions for stress reduction
Should You Visit a Preventative Cardiologist?
Individuals with any of the following may be at increased risk for heart disease or rapid progression of heart disease. If you have any of these characteristics, you will benefit from an evaluation by our Preventive Cardiology team.
● Hypertension (high blood pressure)
● Hyperlipidemia/dyslipidemia (high total cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol)
● Diabetes or prediabetes
● Overweight status or high BMI
● Current or prior history of smoking
● Family history of heart attack, stroke, or sudden death, especially at an early age (less than 45 years old in a male relative or less than 55 years old in a female relative)
● Inflammatory disorders or rheumatologic disease (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease)
● History of premature menopause from natural or medical causes
● History of complicated pregnancy (gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, or a low birth weight for baby)
● Certain chemotherapies and radiation therapies for cancer treatment
● Personal history of heart disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease at an early age (less than 65 years)
● Consultative evaluation
● Advanced multimodality diagnostic testing
● Comprehensive cardiac and medical management
● Referrals to partner specialties to manage conditions that may increase cardiac risk
● Partnership with therapeutic interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, and surgical specialties (if invasive therapy is needed)
Request an Appointment Offered
We encourage you to consider a preventive cardiovascular evaluation if you have any of the above characteristics or are concerned about your overall cardiovascular health.
To schedule an appointment, please call (646) 962-5558.