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Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center

The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center takes a prevention-as-treatment approach to caring for the heart and overall cardiovascular system.

Our Approach

The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center provides a unique, prevention-as-treatment approach for patients who have heart disease or who are at risk for developing heart disease. Our physicians are international leaders in their fields, and they treat heart disease by arming patients with the strategies and tools necessary to reduce their risks. 

Four Unique ProgramsMade up of four unique programs, the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center offers care for patients of all risk levels who wish to improve their heart health.

  • Heart Attack Primary Prevention Program
    The Heart Attack Primary Prevention Program treats patients who are at risk for developing heart disease due to family history. Physicians evaluate personal risks in light of family history to help patients reach their heart health goals
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
    In existence since 1979, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This program assists patients in their recovery from heart attack, angioplasty and cardiac surgery and counsels them on how to make the required lifestyle changes to prevent recurrence
  • Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program
    Specialists in the Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program help patients who are at risk for developing or who already have diabetes lose weight and manage other cardiac risk factors such as hypertension and high cholesterol
  • Cardiac Wellness Program
    The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine offers a Cardiac Wellness Program that treats patients by teaching them how to exercise, eat healthy and effectively manage stress.

Treatments and Procedures Available Through the Center

The four programs within the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center work to prevent and treat the following heart conditions:

  • Coronary artery disease without complications
  • Heart attack or angina
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol

Programs within the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center offer a variety of treatments and therapies including:

Learn about our heart smart series, nutrition classes and relaxation classes.

About This Program

Specialists within the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at Massachusetts General Hospital encourage patients to make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing heart disease or prevent existing conditions from becoming worse. We support patients through lifestyle changes and help them understand the connection between cardiovascular diseases and certain behaviors or psychosocial issues, such as depression and stress-related disorders.

Prevention as Treatment

Our specialists aim to:

Prevent a recurrence of symptoms and ensure the safe recovery of individuals who have experienced a heart attack or other manifestations of coronary artery disease (secondary prevention).

Prevent cardiovascular disease among men and women without symptoms, but whose family history, physical condition and other factors place them at higher risk for developing coronary artery disease (primary prevention).

Help individuals reduce their risk of heart disease, as well as lessen cardiac patients' risk of recurrent episodes.

Conduct research to probe the genetic basis of coronary heart disease and improve preventive measures.

Train a new generation of preventive cardiology specialists.

Educate patients in how to best prevent heart disease from developing or worsening.

Heart Attack Primary Prevention ProgramPioneered by Sekar Kathiresan, MD, an expert in cardiac genetics research, the Heart Attack Primary Prevention Program focuses on risk factor evaluation and modification for patients with a premature family history of heart disease. Dr. Kathiresan's research is in identifying aspects of DNA that contribute to the overproduction of cholesterol by evaluating the genetics of patients with heart disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Established in 1979, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program was among the first in the nation to take a comprehensive disease management approach to secondary heart attack prevention by focusing treatment not only on exercise, but also on lifestyle changes. The program is currently led by Dr. Kathiresan, along with a team of cardiologists who specialize in preventive rehabilitation.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is also nationally certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is recognition of the program’s quality and its adherence to nationally developed standards and guidelines.

Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome ProgramThe Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program was started in 2005 by Paul Huang, MD, PhD, Associate Director of Cardiovascular Research at Mass General. Since its inception, the program has greatly reduced patients’ risk for heart disease by helping them lose weight and better manage diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

It includes a 12-week program, Learn to be Lean, which is dedicated to helping participants make better nutrition choices and become more physically active. These lifestyle changes result in weight loss and also reduce the risk of heart disease. The three components of the program include a weekly group discussion, medically supervised exercise and yoga/meditation for stress reduction.

Cardiac Wellness Program The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine offers a Cardiac Wellness Program that compliments the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center programs. Patients with risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol profile, diabetes), heart disease or an arrhythmia may benefit from this program's offerings. Patients learn from skilled clinicians how to exercise, eat healthy and effectively manage stress.

Conditions and Diseases

The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

Angina Pectoris

Angina pectoris (or simply angina) is recurring chest pain or discomfort that happens when some part of the heart does not receive enough blood and oxygen.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when one or more regions of the heart muscle experience a severe or prolonged lack of oxygen caused by blocked blood flow to the heart muscle.

High Blood Pressure / Hypertension

Blood pressure, measured with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope by a nurse or other health care provider, is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls.

Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke.

Obesity

Obesity increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.

Support and Wellness Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.

Heart Smart Series

The Heart Smart Series is made up of various topics related to improving and maintaining cardiovascular health, including exercise, coronary artery disease and secondary prevention, symptom recognition and management, cardiac medications and managing stress.

Relaxation Classes

Relaxation classes gently guide participants through a variety of relaxation techniques, including gentle stretching, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation.

Nutrition Classes

Nutrition classes offer a new perspective on how to modify your diet to keep a healthy heart. Topics include heart healthy eating, fats and cholesterol, portion size and nutrition labels, eating in and eating out, and strategies for weight loss.

Patient and Family Guide to the Heart Center (PDF)

Download our patient and family guide to the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center to learn about accommodations, visiting and parking, and patient discharge.

Heart attack patient tackles Boston marathon

For the past five months Arthur Manjourides, 66, has been hitting the road every Sunday for a fast walk/run around Boston. Despite the cold and snow this winter, Arthur kept up his weekly commitment with one goal in mind – to finish the Boston Marathon.

Study associates 11 new gene sites with cholesterol, triglyceride levels

An international research team has identified 11 novel locations in the human genome where common variations appear to influence cholesterol or triglyceride levels, bringing the total number of lipid-associated genes to 30.

Specialized yoga can reduce cardiac risk factors

Specialists at the Heart Center are recommending a unique type of yoga to some heart disease patients. Designed to reduce risk factors, many patients benefit from this combination of physical postures and relaxation techniques.

Eat like the Greeks for better health

Experts from Massachusetts General Hospital's Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center and Department of Nutrition and Food Services shed light on the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

MGH goes red for women’s heart health

MGH Hotline 2.18.11 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the MGH Heart Center and Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program brought attention to hearts everywhere by celebrating “Go Red for Women” month with a series of events and activities to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

In a Heartbeat

The team-based approach of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care ensures physicians approach complex situations from all angles, providing cohesive multidisciplinary care.

MGH Research Scholar Dr. Gary Tearney’s Work With Imaging

Gary Tearney, MD, PhD, works at the intersection of medicine, science and engineering. He and his team are developing imaging technologies so they can peer into tiny spaces within the body. They can now see into structures in the walls of arteries that supply blood to our hearts. What they see will help them save lives.

Sugar and beverages: How much is too much?

Throughout the month of February, our doctors and specialists in the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care will be sharing their expertise on various heart conditions and offering prevention tips in recognition of American Heart Month. Roughly one in every four deaths in the U.S. each year is due to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for Americans.

Nutrition classes inspire better food choices

MGH dietician Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, covers the topic of avoiding impulse purchases in her regular “Supermarket Smarts” class at the MGH Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

Ask the expert: The myths and facts about women and heart disease

Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital discusses the myths surrounding women and heart disease.

Groundbreaking discoveries in heart research

The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center has achieved significant advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Our research discoveries have led to breakthroughs in treatments and technologies, improving the lives of patients worldwide.

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, explains what you can do to lower your risk of developing coronary artery disease

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center says counteracting your genetic risk is within your control. Learn more about coronary artery disease, who is most at risk and about Mass General's Heart Attack Prevention Program, focused on people with a family history of the disease.

Heart Smart Series

The Heart Smart Series is made up of various topics related to improving and maintaining cardiovascular health, including exercise, coronary artery disease and secondary prevention, symptom recognition and management, cardiac medications and managing stress.

Relaxation Classes

Relaxation classes gently guide participants through a variety of relaxation techniques, including gentle stretching, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation.

Nutrition Classes

Nutrition classes offer a new perspective on how to modify your diet to keep a healthy heart. Topics include heart healthy eating, fats and cholesterol, portion size and nutrition labels, eating in and eating out, and strategies for weight loss.

Patient and Family Guide to the Heart Center (PDF)

Download our patient and family guide to the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center to learn about accommodations, visiting and parking, and patient discharge.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center

25 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 866-MGH-8910
Fax: 617-726-2203
Hours: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Mass General West

40 Second Avenue
The PARC Center
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 866-MGH-8910
Fax: 617-726-2203

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Learn about the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center in Waltham

Did you know the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center has a convenient location in Waltham? Learn about treatments and services at our outpatient care center.