Addressing a Systemic Problem
Modern cardiology is largely reactive. A patient visits a family doctor for a routine physical or unrelated condition and discovers she has a poor lipid profile or high blood pressure. If the results are significant, she’ll probably get a prescription. But patients don’t usually see a cardiologist until their symptoms are severe or they have experienced some kind of cardiac event.
At this point, heart disease already exists and has been progressing for some time. Since heart disease is both preventable and reversible, why allow it to become a problem before creating a plan to address it? Translating this approach to infectious disease, it would be like allowing an infection to spread and endanger a patient’s life before providing antibiotics.
If we began to address heart disease earlier in the process, accurately assessing risk and crafting individualized programs that address the needs and unique challenges posed by each patient, how would things change? According to the CDC, it would prevent more than 200,000 deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. And we’re not just talking about the elderly — 60% of those deaths occur in people who are under 65.
There are better methods to assess coronary risk factors and allow for earlier intervention much sooner in a person’s life. Once we better understand individual risk we can create lifestyle modifications that greatly reduce the chance of heart disease and stroke.
Proper treatment and prevention of heart disease requires treating each person as a whole person -— their needs and wants, their family and work situations, even their feelings and beliefs must be considered. We craft programs that include every potential avenue to better health: what you do, what you eat, what you take and how you think.
At the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology, we see each patient as unique. We take the time to understand how your past created your current conditions, and we work with you to define a future that encompasses your preferences, goals and needs. Your journey to cardiovascular health does not have to follow a path you forge alone — we’ll be with you each step of the way.
If you are interested in learning more about your real risk for heart disease and how to make changes in your life that can transform your health, contact the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology, where the practice of medicine meets the practice of life.