Preventive Cardiology Overview
Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Prevention of this disease is a top priority at UAB. The UAB Preventive Cardiology Section helps patients determine their risk for heart disease, helps those who are at risk of developing heart disease take steps toward better heart health, and helps those with established heart disease prevent recurrent events.
The cardiologists at the UAB Preventive Cardiology Clinic work with each patient to develop an individual action plan based on his or her risk factors, which can include family history, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and several other less common factors. In addition to clinical expertise, patients have access to comprehensive laboratory testing, imaging, and consultations with a dietitian or exercise physiologist as appropriate. Treatment is individualized and consists of lifestyle modifications, counseling, and treatment with medications based on each individual’s risk.
A Comprehensive Approach
The UAB Preventive Cardiology team is made up of cardiologists, nurses, exercise physiologists, and specialists in nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, and stress management who work together to provide each patient the most effective plan--and tools--to manage their disease. Our medical experts are nationally recognized as leaders in their field, and faculty serve on several national panels and initiatives, including the American Heart Association, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and the American College of Cardiology committees.
Because UAB is an academic medical center, patients have access to state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments and may be screened to participate in clinical trials that assess promising new treatments for high cholesterol, triglycerides, hypertension, and more. We work closely with the UAB Hypertension Clinic, so patients have access to specialists in resistant hypertension.
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services
UAB Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Services are designed to enhance each patient’s medical care by controlling symptoms, optimizing functional capacity, and improving quality of life for patients with a variety of heart and lung diseases. Patient services include supervised exercise sessions, education, and encouragement in meeting the challenges of having heart or lung diseases.
Each patient goes through a comprehensive assessment to help physicians develop individualized, goal-directed treatment plans with short- and long-term objectives for reducing risk factors and improving management of heart or lung disease.