Who should participate in a Preventive Cardiology Program?
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. If you want to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, or more importantly, if you have risk factors or have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, this program is for you. Even if you already have cardiovascular disease, you can take control and manage your risk factors to keep the condition from getting worse.
Primary and Secondary Prevention
There are two main types of prevention ─ primary and secondary.
- Primary prevention is focused on preventing heart and blood vessel disease before a patient has an event such as a heart attack or stroke, or needs cardiovascular surgery.
- Secondary prevention involves patients who have had an event such as heart or vascular surgery, angioplasty or heart attack. The focus is on preventing cardiovascular disease from getting worse.
Our Clinical Team
The Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other healthcare professionals from several departments, including:
- The Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Exercise Physiology
- Nutrition Therapy
The combination of specialists from multiple areas provides patients with one program that provides a comprehensive approach to care that involves the most current, research-based preventive therapies.
Preventive Cardiology & Cardiac Rehabilitation Medical Staff
- Gordon Blackburn, PhD, Program Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Leslie Cho, MD, Section Head, Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation
- Jason Confino, MD, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
- David Frid, MD, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
- Betul Hatipoglu, MD, Department of Endocrinology
- Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, Section Head, Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation
- Julie Huang, MD, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
- Leopold Pozuelo, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
- Michael Rocco, MD, Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical Director Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Paul Schoenhagen, MD, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Nurse Practitioners: Advanced Practice Nurses
- Julia Renee Zumpano RD, LD - Nutrition Counseling
- Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD - Nutrition Counseling
Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise
- Michael Crawford, MS , Manager, Cardiac Rehab
How do I enter the program?
Your doctor can arrange an appointment for you or you may contact us directly at 216.444.9353 or toll free 800.223.2273, ext. 49353. Once your appointment is made, we will send you information and instructions to prepare you for your first visit.
What about my “regular” doctor?
The Preventive Cardiology specialists will work closely with you and your primary care doctor or cardiologist to design a program that works well with your overall medical condition. They will track your progress and share the information with you and your doctor after each visit.
What are the program goals?
The team will work with you one-on-one to create goals that fit your needs and lifestyle and improve your quality of life. We use research-based interventions and a variety of treatment methods to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and keep existing disease from getting worse.
Your long-term treatment plan to reduce your risks will include a customized combination of needed services, including nutritional counseling, exercise instruction, advice about lifestyle and behaviors, help to stop smoking, medications and treatments as needed, psychological counseling and referrals to physicians or other health professionals as needed.
What happens during my first visit?
Your first visit involves a complete assessment of your risk of cardiovascular disease. This includes your family history, lifestyle habits, your complete medical history, a physical focused on cardiovascular health, and lab work, including diabetes and cholesterol screening. We also check for nontraditional and newly discovered risk factors for heart disease, such as homocysteine, fibrinogen, lipoprotein(a) and C-reactive protein.
What happens next?
Your healthcare team will review your information and create your treatment plan. You will get a sheet to help you stay on track with your plan. Your information is saved in a database to help track your progress. A copy of these records can be sent to any doctors involved in your care. The database also allows us to keep track of our outcomes.
How often will I have follow-up appointments?
Your healthcare team will let you know how often you need to come back for follow-up visits. Many patients are seen every 3 months, but you may need appointments more or less often. Regular follow-up visits are important to help you reach your goals. If you have questions between visits, please call your Preventive Cardiology team.
What makes Cleveland Clinic’s Preventive Cardiology Program unique?
The program has been designed to provide:
- Individualized treatment plans
- Cutting-edge risk evaluation
- Computerized data collection and outcome analyses
- Multidisciplinary treatment strategies
- Individualized nutritional counseling
- Behavioral analysis
- Group and individual educational programs