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Preventive Cardiology

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Preventive Cardiology

Augusta University Health's Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention provides comprehensive, personalized patient care to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Patients: 706-721-8937 (Call for a consult)

Physicians: 706-721-9522 (Call to refer a patient)

Preventive cardiology is a specialty program offered through AU Health cardiology dedicated to diagnosing and managing cardiovascular disease. Primary care physicians can refer their patients to us, or patients can call us directly to set up a consultation.

Preventive cardiology is a specialty program offered through AU Health cardiology dedicated to diagnosing and managing cardiovascular disease. Primary care physicians can refer their patients to us, or patients can call us directly to set up a consultation.

Why Choose Us

If you are at risk for cardiovascular disease, early detection and prevention play an important role in your overall health and wellness. The Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention helps you manage risk factors to prevent heart disease from getting worse.

Our team includes cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, and other specialists that focus on care for the whole body - because an unhealthy heart can impact the function of other organs in your body. Likewise, if your body is not healthy, it could lead to a decline in your heart health.

Helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes

Certain risk factors may increase your chance of heart attack, especially if you already suffer from cardiovascular disease and its related complications. Our goal is to help you reduce your risk; here's how we do it:

  • We precisely calculate your risk factors and show you how to improve your 10-year risk of having a cardiac event or a stroke.
  • We help you improve your low cardiovascular (CV) score. A low score means you are at higher risk for having a serious heart event.
  • We test you for signs of early cardiovascular disease using non-surgical techniques. Early detection is key to preventing major damage to your heart.
  • We design a prevention plan to help you hit all the risk reduction targets recommended by the American Heart Association.

It's best to come to us as early as possible, especially if you are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Individuals who benefit from visiting our center include those with:

  • A strong family history of coronary heart disease, stroke, or vascular disease.
  • A personal history of having a recent cardiac event (less than 3 months) especially if around 60 years of age.
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular disease (especially those with 1 or more).

Risk factors

When should you call us? If you have high levels of any of the following:

  • Cholesterol (total, LDL-C, Lipoprotein a)
  • Triglyceride (with or without high cholesterol)
  • Blood sugar (pre-diabetes, diabetes)
  • Blood pressure (hypertension)
  • CT Scan coronary calcium score (varies by age and gender)

Lifestyle risk factors

The things you do can also have big impacts on your health. The following will negatively affect your heart:

  • Smoking: Any kind of inhaled carcinogen, whether it's cigarettes, vaping, pipes, or cigars, will eventually destroy healthy tissue in your body.
  • Lack of exercise: A sedentary lifestyle does not benefit a heart. You need to get moving every day, making sure to do exercises that increase your heart rate. This not only gets blood going, it increases muscle strength in your body and your heart.
  • Overweight/obesity: The higher your body mass index (BMI), the greater your chances are of developing health problems that can impact your heart.
  • Unhealthy diet: If you are eating a poor diet, the excess fat, salt, and sugar will be stored in your body. This is a "recipe" for poor heart heath.  
 

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Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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