Comprehensive Cardiac Risk Assessment to Prevent Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 80 million Americans carry a diagnosis of heart disease.
While there have been remarkable advances in our ability to care for patients with cardiovascular disease through treatments such as angioplasty, stenting, catheter ablation, device implantation and medical management, there remains a very high residual risk of having a cardiac event. Many of our current therapies are reactionary and occur only after a cardiac event has occurred or heart disease has been diagnosed.
Loyola Medicine is committed to promoting and fostering heart disease prevention through our preventive cardiology and lipid program. Our unique program aims to prevent the onset or recurrence of heart disease through state-of-the-art care that lowers your risk of heart attack and increases your prognosis.
Our program’s multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals is able to help you prevent heart disease by identifying and aggressively treating your cardiovascular risk factors.
Loyola’s preventive cardiology and lipid program provides a comprehensive and detailed cardiac risk assessment and treatment plan if you have any number of cardiovascular risk factors, including:
- Abnormal cholesterol
- Family history of early heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome or diabetes
- Postmenopausal state
- Smoking history
Services We Provide
Preventive Cardiology and Lipid Program Services
At Loyola, you will receive an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific risk profile, which may include recommendations on lifestyle interventions, medications targeted at optimizing risk factors or surgical treatment. Loyola’s special program services include:
- Advanced lipid testing and novel serum cardiac risk biomarkers
- Counseling and education on heart-healthy lifestyle
- Hypertension management
- Lipid management, including plasmapheresis
- Non-invasive imaging of plaque buildup (atherosclerosis)
- Referrals for cardiovascular genetic testing
- Referrals to cardiac rehabilitation
- Therapeutic plasma exchange
Our cardiologists have special expertise in preventive cardiology and are board-certified in the field of lipidology and advanced cholesterol management by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. In addition, we are one of the few centers in Chicago area to offer plasmapheresis for patients who cannot be treated for high lipid levels through medical management or lifestyle modification.