Prevention

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At ColumbiaDoctors, our goal is to keep you happy, healthy, and out of the hospital.

That’s why we take a very proactive role by addressing potential cardiac issues before they become problems, and help patients with heart disease or who have suffered a cardiac event to improve their condition and prevent a repeat occurrence.

The key to preventing heart disease is to identify, reduce, and control the risk factors, which can be done through a combination of:

Diagnostic Testing

We have to first identify the problem, if any, before we can treat it. Therefore, diagnostic testing plays a key role in our preventive cardiology program. Tests include non-invasive procedures, such as  echocardiography and exercise stress tests (nuclear stress testing and echocardiographic stress testing), as well as CT Scans and Cardiac MRIs that use the latest imaging technology. We can also perform minimally-invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization and nuclear imaging.

Lifestyle Changes

Patients can often reduce their risk of heart disease simply by making lifestyle changes. Your doctor will talk to you about your diet, exercise, stress levels, and other factors and recommend an individualized preventive health care program. For example, Dr. Beniaminovitz and Dr. Bhagan-Bruno focus on heart disease prevention specifically for women.

In addition, our internal medicine specialists complement our cardiac care programs, as we believe that treating the entire patient is essential to good heart and general health.

Medications

Often, patients need medications to prevent heart disease or to maintain and restore heart health after a cardiac incident. For example, statins may be prescribed to reduce cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of plaque that can clog arteries. Dr. Muschel specializes in cholesterol management and has more than 20 years experience in the field.

Other popular medications include blood thinners, ACE inhibitors that improve the heart’s ability to pump blood, vasodilators that expand blood vessels, and diuretics (or “water pills”) that get rid of excess fluid and lower blood pressure.