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

For patients who 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. Learn more.

Lipid Therapy

Our well-established lipid clinic offers a wrap-around approach to help patients lower their cholesterol, with therapies for patients who simply cannot lower their cholesterol through the standard options: statins and lifestyle changes. Learn more.

Cardiometabolic Therapy

Our cardiometabolic therapy program offers new classes of treatment that can make a significant impact in reducing the risks related to heart disease for Type 2 Diabetics. Learn more.

Integrated 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:

Coronary 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.

Advanced 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.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, in affiliation with Georgia Heart Institute, provides critical support, education and services that help heart patients maintain their health and regain quality of life.

Learn more about Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation.

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.