Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center

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.
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Prevention as Treatment

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. 

Our specialists aim to:

  • Prevent a recurrence of symptoms and ensure the safe recovery of individuals who have experienced a heart attack or other symptoms 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)
  • Educate patients on how to best prevent heart disease from developing or worsening
  • Conduct research to probe the genetic basis of coronary heart disease and improve preventive measures
  • Train a new generation of preventive cardiology specialists

Supporting Lifestyle Changes to
Reduce Risk

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.

  • 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
    Founded in 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. All staff are Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professionals (CCRP) by the AACVPR. Kate Traynor, director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center is a fellow of the AACVPR and on the Board of Directors of the AACVPR
  • Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program
    Specialists in the Cardiac Metabolic Syndrome Program help patients who have, or are at risk for developing, diabetes to lose weight and manage other cardiac risk factors such as hypertension and high cholesterol through a 12-week program, Learn to be Lean. This program uses weekly group discussion, medically supervised exercise and yoga/meditation for stress reduction to help patients make better nutrition choices and become more physically active

Learn How to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

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:

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

Conditions & 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.

Patient Education

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.

Clinical Trials


  • A multitude of milk: Which should you choose? - 2/10/2017, Mass General

    “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.

  • Sugar and beverages: How much is too much? - 2/15/2013, Mass General

    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 - 2/15/2013, Mass General

    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.

  • MGH Research Scholar Dr. Gary Tearney’s Work With Imaging - 11/6/2012, Mass General

    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.

  • MGH goes red for women's heart health - 2/18/2011, Mass General

    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.

  • Eat like the Greeks for better health - 4/27/2009, Mass General

    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.



Contact Us

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center

25 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 866-644-8910
  • Fax: 617-726-2203


  • 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
Mass General Waltham

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

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