Why do heart diseases warrant so much attention? The answer is simple. Heart disease is the number one cause of death, disability and healthcare expense in the United States. Worldwide, heart diseases are responsible for nearly one out of every three deaths each year, and it is estimated that death from heart disease will increase 100% in men and 80% in women over the next 20 years.
Preventive Cardiology is a complex and aggressive strategy to prevent first time events (primary prevention) and recurrent or worsening disease (secondary prevention). A primary goal in Preventive Cardiology is to prevent or modify known risk factors for heart disease, such as diabetes, smoking, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Effective treatments include various medications, surgical interventions and procedures, and lifestyle and behavioral changes. These may include exercise and dietary programs, “stop smoking” campaigns and other risk factor modification programs or treatments. With new and more effective treatment strategies and more educational programs for the public and healthcare providers, we will hopefully be able to move from the current pandemic to a preventable and controllable disease.
Tapp Medical Clinic offers a prevention and rehabilitation program dedicated to a patient's overall heart health. If you have a family history of heart disease, are concerned about high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other cardiovascular risks, or if you are recovering from a heart attack or surgery, you can benefit from the Tapp Medical Clinic's Preventive Cardiology program.
Our clinic and staff provide an integrated approach to comprehensive risk assessment and appropriate treatment for all cardiovascular risk factors with a special emphasis on cholesterol and blood pressure management. Individualized nutrition assessment and lifestyle counseling is an integral part of our services.
The Tapp Medical Clinic's personalized, comprehensive approach to lifestyle and medical management can slow the progression of cardiovascular disease and decrease one's future risk of heart attacks, strokes, as well as the need for bypass or angioplasty procedures. We also sponsor research projects that include both clinical trials and basic molecular studies.
The goal of Tapp Medical Clinic is to comprehensively evaluate your risk and provide you with the most effective measures to slow or stop the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Our team of experienced healthcare professionals explore multiple treatment methods for each individual to determine the optimal approach and action plan including lifestyle changes and medications when necessary. The program involves:
- An integrated approach to the aggressive control of all risk factors with a special
emphasis on cholesterol and blood pressure management
- Individualized nutrition assessment, education and support services
- Intensive counseling and education to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle
- Specialized cholesterol and lipoprotein measurements
- Advanced blood tests for emerging risk factors
- Referrals for coronary calcium heart CT scans
- Referrals to Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
How Does the Program Work?
The program specializes in prevention, early detection and the treatment of cardiac problems, with an emphasis on rehabilitation. Using state-of-the-art technology, Tapp Medical Clinic provides patients with a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment. Based on those results, a skilled, multidisciplinary team devises an individual plan and educates patients on how to improve their heart health, which can include modifying their diet and lifestyle.
This is accomplished with a combination of individual and group therapies such as diet, food preparation, weight control and smoking cessation classes. In addition to cardiac problems, patients are screened for all types cardiovascular diseases, including blockages and clotting of the legs, neck, heart and kidneys.
Diseases such hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes are our targets for prevention. We examine patients much earlier to prevent these conditions. Our staff looks at the entire scope of the vascular system. To that end, our highly trained specialist look at the entire scope of the vascular system.Various screenings may include screenings of the carotid arteries, coronary arteries, testing for peripheral arterial disease (PAD/PVD), and renal artery stenosis.
What Kind of Testing Occurs During the Initial Visit?
When patients begin the program, they will have a complete physical, as well as advanced blood tests, which can include a total cholesterol test called the lipoprotein test. A complete family history, medical history and lifestyle history will be taken.
Patients may undergo non-invasive diagnostic testing like EKGs and stress tests and unlike any typical doctors office, the patients may have more technologically advanced tests such as 3-dimensional echocardiography. Recently, our office has begun to use specialized helical CT scans of the chest to look for the presence of coronary calcification in certain asymptomatic adults with multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease. The presence of moderate coronary calcification is a sign of end-organ damage and would likely trigger more aggressive attempts at comprehensive risk factor modification through both medications and lifestyle. After visiting with us at the Preventive Cardiology Center, we can tell you whether your management would be changed by some of the more sophisticated laboratory and diagnostic testing that we can provide.
Following the testing, the patient will recieve consultation with the same expertise as if visiting a cardiologist, nurse practitioner, endocrinologist, dietician, and exercise physiologist. This multidisciplinary approach determines a plan for each patient, addressing their specific needs. A change in diet or lifestyle or an emphasis on exercise may be recommended. Other patients may need to begin some sort of drug therapy.
Doctor Tapp and nurses are active clinical investigators in one or more of the following fields: hypertension, familial-clustered coronary disease, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, thrombosis, accelerated atherosclerosis, estrogen replacement therapy, or non-invasive cardiovascular imaging. Doctor Tapp is also an expert in vascular biology and often lectures on the basic science research behind Preventive Cardiology.
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The information contained on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please visit Dr. Tapp prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or concern.