Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Welcome to a heart-smart life! Cardiovascular disease kills up to one million Americans every year, but many of these deaths are completely preventable. Taking action before the first signs of heart disease—or even following a heart attack—can greatly reduce one's future risk of dying or becoming disabled because of heart disease.
Doctors recognize that their patients can benefit from living "heart-smart" lives—quitting smoking, losing weight, staying active and fit, controlling conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and learning how to cope effectively in stressful situations. The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Heart helps patients learn to do what's good for the heart and, in the process, teaches them to live healthier lives.
About The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program
The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Heart was established to help people reduce their risk for atherosclerotic heart disease—sometimes known as "hardening of the arteries". This process- the build up of fatty, waxy plaque deposits with the walls of the blood vessels—is the leading cause of heart attack, stroke and peripheral circulation problems. It is now recognized that lifestyle modification can not only reduce—but may actually reverse this disease process. Smoking, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and negative reactions to stress are all lifestyle patterns that are linked to heart disease and hypertension. Learning to modify behavior and mindset can help you cope with or even prevent illness.
Our Approach to Treatment Includes:
- Lifestyle Evaluation: A comprehensive evaluation helps to pinpoint lifestyle areas that may affect a person's heart health. We cover a range of topics, including levels of stress and the ways in which people deal with anger and depression, as well as smoking, exercise, and diet.
- Multiple Risk Factor Assessment: In addition to behavioral risk factor assessment, comprehensive cardiovascular risk factor assessment and education is available. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and lipid (blood fat) levels, smoking, exercise, weight, stress and others will be assessed and counseling on risk factor reduction will be offered.
- State-of-the Art Treatment: The results of the assessment are sent to the referring physician, if any, and a follow-up appointment is arranged between the physician and the patient to discuss the results. Next, a comprehensive treatment plan is tailored to the patient's needs.
- Lifestyle Modification: The program draws upon the full range of resources found at Mount Sinai to provide patients with the tools they need to make heart-smart lifestyle choices. Patients learn to increase their activity levels, develop healthy eating habits, cope with stress and negative emotions, and monitor their own medical conditions.
The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Heart is designed for otherwise healthy patients who may be at risk for heart disease, as well as for those who already have evidence of heart disease or who have had a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack. Most cases of heart disease are preventable—and the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at Mount Sinai Heart enables patients to take control of their own choices and behaviors and look forward to a healthier life.