Heart disease continues to be the most common form of disease and the number one of cause of death for both men and women – accounting for 1 out of every 4 deaths. However, just because heart disease is prevalent, doesn’t mean it’s a certainty or that it can’t be prevented. In fact, the Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids of Georgia Heart Institute specializes in providing key resources and services to keep your heart at its healthiest. Our program utilizes physical activity, culinary medicine and advanced screenings to help patients with:

  • Managing heart disease risk factors, including lipids
  • Identifying diseases in their earliest most treatable stages
  • Continuously improving quality of life after a cardiac event or disease diagnosis
What is cardiac wellness?

At every stage of life, your heart has different needs. Plus, it requires continuous support and ongoing care to function at its best. Everything from routine physical activity, nutritious foods, management of risk factors and key diagnostic services and screenings are consistently needed to maintain and protect heart health.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease or not, cardiac wellness means keeping your heart as healthy as it can be – and it looks different for each person. For some it may mean preventing the onset of disease and proactively screening for heart conditions. For others, it may involve complementary services that make clinical care and treatment even more effective long term.

Ultimately, cardiac wellness is about prolonging and improving quality of life for everyone.

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

There are many different forms of heart disease that can affect everything from the coronary and peripheral arteries to the electrical system or structure of the heart. Common risk factors for the different types of heart disease, include:

  • Family history of cardiovascular disease
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise)
  • Being overweight or obese
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Age
  • Diabetes

Why Choose Georgia Heart Institute?

As the leading heart and vascular program that’s focused on heart health for generations, Georgia Heart Institute has created an innovative center focused solely on patient education, healthy lifestyle behaviors, advanced screening services and support resources – spanning all types and levels of heart disease.

The Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids brings together expertise from non-invasive cardiology, culinary medicine, wellness coaching, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and more to deliver a holistic and comprehensive experience. This highly-trained team of preventative experts helps patients better understand their heart health, while also providing the expert guidance, advanced diagnostic testing and ongoing care needed to achieve and maintain long-term cardiac wellness.

Treatment Pathways

The Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids at Georgia Heart Institute has experts who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of specific forms of heart disease to improve your wellness and prevent the development of more severe heart disease. Most often we treat patients on the following pathways of their heart health journey:

  • Primary Prevention
    • Those patients that haven’t experienced any cardiac issue and have no pre-existing conditions but want to understand their current and future heart health needs and to understand risk factors, like family history.
  • Lipid Therapy
  • Cardiometabolic Therapy

Prevention Services

The Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids provides an expansive array of services designed to support every patient throughout their entire heart health journey. From disease prevention, advanced diagnostics and ongoing care for heart disease, our experts tailor each service and treatment to provide an experience that’s unique to you and your needs.

Advanced Diagnostic Services

Effective heart disease prevention and treatment starts with precise and specialized diagnostics. By utilizing the most advanced and innovative imaging services and tests, our preventative specialists are able pinpoint specific risk factors for heart disease, while also detecting disease in the earliest stage possible – before you ever experience symptoms. A few of the advanced testing services you may receive:

Cardiac Calcium Scoring

This test, which is also called a “heart scan,” uses a CT scan to measure the amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. The calcium score is used to predict the likelihood of a coronary event.

Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA)

A test that utilizes contrast and a CT scan to provide detailed images of the heart and determine if there is any narrowing of the coronary arteries.

Heartflow Analysis

A non-invasive heart test used to produce a personalized 3D model of the coronary arteries to measure blood flow to the heart and identify blockages.

Vascular Ultrasound

Using sound waves to produce images of the body’s arteries, a vascular ultrasound can be used to detect and diagnose blockages and blood clots in arteries throughout the body.

Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)

Blood pressure is an important indication of blood flow throughout the body – this test measures blood pressure in the ankle and the peripheral arteries. ABI is compared to blood pressure measured in the arm to ensure to determine if there is slowed blood flow in the legs.

Lipid Panel Testing

A comprehensive blood test that measures all the fats, or lipids, that are present in the blood. This typically includes total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides – all of which can impact heart and vascular health.

Genetic & Panbiomic Screening

Family history can be a major risk factor contributing to the likelihood of an individual developing heart disease; however, many individuals may not know their complete history. Testing for certain disease biomarkers allows experts to identify inherited genes for specific types of heart disease and the likelihood of developing the disease.

Learn more about our extensive imaging and advanced diagnostic services available.

Integrated Partnerships

Heart health is one facet of overall wellness – it impacts other parts of the body and vice versa. As a vital part of an interconnected system, maintaining heart health and preventing disease must account for the full range of factors and conditions a patient may have. In addition to preventative cardiac specialists, we collaborate with experts from endocrinology, rheumatology, bariatrics, primary care, psychology and more, to fully address every aspect of your health.

Wellness Coaching

Building on a comprehensive array of services and expertise, it’s essential that patients feel empowered and motivated to maintain healthy behaviors and protect their heart health. As an important part of your care team, the wellness coach will partner with you directly to understand your personal goals and to develop a realistic and sustainable plan to meet and sustain these goals for a lifetime.

Clinical Trials

Our physicians work every day to find new treatments and technologies to help patients in our Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids. View our current clinical trials.

FAQs

How is this center different from general cardiology?

Your non-invasive or general cardiologist is the expert that knows you and heart health best. That’s why they’ll work directly with the providers of the Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids.

In addition to coordinating testing, providing ongoing care and overseeing all treatments, your general cardiologist will have the added expertise of the center’s multi-disciplinary team. Collaborating with highly-trained preventative specialists and utilizing complementary, holistic services will help to enhance and further personalize your care.

I don’t have heart disease. When should I start preventative care?

The truth is heart disease varies for each person – both in symptoms and in causes. Depending on your unique risk factors, including family history, underlying health conditions and overall lifestyle, you may need to start focusing on prevention as early as your thirties or forties.

The goal of the Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids is to quickly and thoroughly assess your heart care needs and to determine what services, if any, are the right fit for you moving forward. It’s always best to be proactive about your heart health and to be knowledgeable about your risk factors before disease ever develops.

I already have a cardiologist. Should I still come to this center?

At Georgia Heart Institute, we’re focused first and foremost on ensuring patients receive the exceptional clinical care they need from an expert that specializes in treating their type of heart disease. As a part of ongoing care and support, the Center for Cardiovascular Prevention, Metabolism and Lipids offers unique resources and complementary services that support your established treatment plan and increase longevity.

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