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Our cardiologists at the University of Chicago Medicine know that having a healthy heart is the key to preventing heart disease. We understand the risks and causes of heart disease, including hereditary factors that could play a part in your heart health, and we are dedicated to having you be a part of creating the strategies to avoid heart disease. By developing plans for people at risk or those who have had a heart attack, stroke or other type of heart or circulation problem, we can minimize the chance of suffering heart disease or having another condition. Our physicians regularly help patients with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and those with a family history of heart disease.
Here, the physicians treating patients for heart disease are the same physicians who are unlocking the mysteries of how heart problems develop. Our physicians performed groundbreaking research into the biochemical makeup of cholesterol, which led to a better understanding of how fats are transported through the bloodstream.
Most patients participate in our heart disease prevention program because their primary care physician or cardiologist found problems that — if left untreated — could lead to heart disease or a recurrence of heart disease. These problems or risk factors may include:
If you are experiencing one or more of these risks, you should follow-up with our cardiologists to evaluate your heart health, and from there, you and your doctor can decide on a care plan to minimize or exacerbate disease.
Our physicians will review your medical history with you, perform an examination and order any needed tests. Many of the tests can be conveniently performed the same day in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) or at one of our many outpatient clinics located throughout the Chicago area. These tests may include one or more of the following:
After the examination, our heart specialists recommend individually tailored heart disease prevention plans. These plans usually include one or more of the following strategies to lower risk for heart disease: