Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. If you want to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, or more importantly, if you have risk factors or have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, this program is for you. Even if you already have cardiovascular disease, you can take control and manage your risk factors to keep the condition from getting worse.
Primary and Secondary Prevention
There are two main types of prevention ─ primary and secondary.
- Primary prevention is focused on preventing heart and blood vessel disease before a patient has an event such as a heart attack or stroke, or needs cardiovascular surgery.
- Secondary prevention involves patients who have had an event such as heart or vascular surgery, angioplasty or heart attack. The focus is on preventing cardiovascular disease from getting worse.
- We work with you one-on-one to create goals that fit your needs and lifestyle and improve your quality of life. We use research-based interventions and a variety of treatment methods to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and keep existing disease from getting worse.
- Your long-term treatment plan to reduce your risks will include a customized combination of needed services, including nutritional counseling, exercise instruction, advice about lifestyle and behaviors, help to stop smoking, medications and treatments as needed, psychological counseling and referrals to physicians or other health professionals as needed
Your healthcare team will let you know how often you need to come back for follow-up visits. Many patients are seen every 3 months, but you may need appointments more or less often. Regular follow-up visits are important to help you reach your goals.