The Heart Attack Primary Prevention Program in the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center offers advanced medical expertise to patients who have had a heart attack, or who may be at risk for a heart attack, on ways to control and eliminate risk factors for heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. These risk factors may include:

Program Components

New patients joining the program meet with member of the care team and undergo:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by a cardiologist, nurse and nutritionist
  • Specialized blood testing to measure biomarkers of cardiovascular disease
  • Diagnostic testing, such as stress testing or coronary artery calcium scans
  • Support services such as nutrition classes, yoga and meditation, smoking cessation counseling and exercise advice

What to Expect

Patients can expect to receive:

  • A two-hour initial evaluation with a cardiologist and nutritionist
  • A heart attack risk report that includes specialized blood test results, noninvasive cardiac test reports and a cardiac risk score
  • Recommendations and treatment strategies to reduce cardiac risk

You can begin to determine your own personal risk for coronary heart disease by completing the following assessments:

Please note that while these assessments can help you begin to understand your risk for a heart attack, it is important to discuss these results with your doctor so that you and your care team can determine what steps you can take to reduce your risk.

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