The Preventive Cardiology Program at Rush offers comprehensive heart risk assessment and a variety of services for prevention of heart disease and stroke.
When to schedule an appointment
We encourage you to come in for an evaluation if any of the following are true:
- You have a family history of heart disease or stroke
- You have suffered a heart attack or stroke and want to address your risk factors to prevent another
- You are diabetic, or have high blood pressure or high cholesterol and want to lower your risk of heart disease by controlling these important risk factors
- You have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and want to make lifestyle changes to control it
- You think you may be at risk for heart disease based on your lifestyle — for instance, if you smoke, are overweight or obese, or are sedentary (not active)
- You are seeking dietary guidance to optimize your cardiovascular health
- You do not currently have symptoms but are concerned about heart disease or stroke for any of the above reasons
We also welcome those seeking second opinions.
Comprehensive preventive care
Because heart disease and stroke prevention requires a team approach, our program includes cardiologists, endocrinologists, neurologists, behavioral therapists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists. Our team will do the following:
- Evaluate your personal risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease with a comprehensive heart risk assessment.
- Educate you about your unique set of risk factors. We place a strong emphasis on preventing disease by promoting well-being, and reducing your risk factors can help you prevent heart disease or keep existing heart disease from worsening.
- Design an individualized plan to help you get — and remain — heart-healthy. For instance, we may help with menu planning, creating an exercise program, smoking cessation and/or medication management. We will also help to address any psychological, social or physical behaviors that may prevent good health.