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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 giving patients strategies and tools that are necessary to reduce their risks.
Specialists within the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at Mass General work with encourage patients to make lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing heart disease or prevent existing conditions from becoming worse. Our programs support patients through lifestyle changes and help patients understand the connection between cardiovascular diseases and certain behaviors or psychosocial issues, such as depression and stress-related disorders.
Made up of three unique programs, the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center offers care for patients of all risk levels who wish to improve their heart health.
The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center is committed to supporting and educating patients on ways to improve their cardiovascular health. The center provides strategies and classes on a variety of approaches, including:
The three programs within the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center work to prevent and treat the following heart conditions:
In 2013, the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center launched Health Check, an initiative designed to help patients throughout the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care understand their personal risk factors for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. Through an electronic survey, patients answer a series of questions focused on their health behaviors (smoking, eating, exercise and weight) and medical history (blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels).
Health Check assesses a patient’s risk and provides a personalized report and action plan at the end of the survey to help patients understand the steps that they can take to reduce their risk.
Learn more about Health Check
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 (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 occurs when cholesterol builds up within the walls of the heart’s arteries (coronary arteries), forming what is called plaque.
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.
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 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 increases the risk for many diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough, or to properly use, insulin.
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.
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 gently guide participants through a variety of relaxation techniques, including gentle stretching, yoga, tai chi, breathing exercises, visualization and meditation.
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.
“Nutrition can play a key role in the prevention and management of heart problems and registered dietitians can help,” says Deborah Krivitsky, MS, RD, LDN, director of nutrition at the MGH Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center. But the tricky part comes for many people when navigating the grocery store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center
Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine Mass General Waltham 40 Second Avenue The PARC Center Waltham, MA 02451Phone: 866-MGH-8910 Fax: 617-726-2203
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