Heart Disease Prevention at University of Colorado Hospital
Improving your heart health
can prevent costly treatments.
Being No. 1 Isn't Always a Good Thing
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the number one killer of both men and women in America.
For this reason, University of Colorado Hospital has created a special program to help prevent heart disease before it starts.
Our Cardiac & Vascular Prevention Center provides thorough screening, imaging and evaluation services. We want to work with you to improve your cardiovascular health – and prevent costly procedures down the road.
Contact us at (720) 848-5300 to find out more.
Heart Disease Prevention Specialists
Cardiologist - a doctor who specialize in study of the actions of the heart and its diseases
Other Heart Disease Prevention Staff
Adult nurse practitioner - a registered nurse who has completed advanced education and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses
Registered nurse - a nurse who conducts medical evaluations, takes patient histories and provides after care for patients
Your doctor may administer one or more of the following tests to determine if, and to what degree, you may suffer from heart disease:
- The Ankle-Brachial Index compares the blood pressure in the arm to the pressure in the leg using a blood pressure cuff and Doppler ultrasound probe
- Family history and physical exam
- Blood pressure cuffs, placed at various locations in the legs, detect the location of artery blockages
- The treadmill exercise test measures your heart capacity and helps your doctor develop an exercise prescription
- A test for fasting lipids checks for excessively high concentrations of fats (cholesterol and triglycerides) in the blood
- An echocardiogram (ECHO), also known as a cardiac ultrasound, uses sound waves to create pictures of the heart
- A stress echocardiogram takes pictures of the heart, using sound waves, while the patient walks on a treadmill
- The carotid intimal thickening ultrasound test uses sound wave-producing wands to measure the build-up of fatty deposits (plaque) in the arteries
Your risk of heart disease increases with age. But it’s never too early to recognize and manage the risks of heart disease.
Risks of heart disease include:
- Family history of heart problems
- Age (45 years old for males; 50 years old for women)
- Post-menopausal status in women
- High blood pressure
- High levels of fat in the blood (hyperlipidemia)
To prevent or reduce the spread of heart disease you should:
- Visit your doctor regularly
- Make lifestyle changes (stop smoking, limit your fat, salt and sugar intake)
- Take prescribed medications