Risk Factor Management

Manatee Cardiovascular knows that the best way to beat heart disease is to avoid it completely, or at the very least, catch it as early as possible. That’s why our team emphasizes prevention, early detection, and risk reduction. Our goal is help you prevent the onset, recurrence, and progression of heart and/or vascular disease.

Our team sees many patients with certain risk factors that increase their chance of developing heart disease. These include:

  • Patients with diabetes or metabolic syndrome, abnormal lipids (high cholesterol or triglycerides), high blood pressure (hypertension), cigarette smoking, overweight, and sedentary lifestyle
  • Patients with a personal or family history of heart disease (such as heart attack, stroke, or peripheral artery disease)
  • Patients with abnormal screening studies such as elevated coronary calcium scores or elevated IMT on carotid artery ultrasound studies.

All individuals concerned about their heart health—old and young, with symptoms or without, diagnosed or undiagnosed — benefit from a comprehensive evaluation of risk factors and a personalized plan to reduce those risks.

Most treatment plans focus on lifestyle changes, and medications along with ongoing support, education, and phone or internet-based monitoring. Your therapy will take advantage of the latest options and will reflect the recommendations of evidence-based national guidelines. We will help you fine-tune your therapy to maximize results and minimize side effects.

Our goal is to provide a practical, integrated, and long-term game plan for dealing with your elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. We firmly believe that you can control your heart health in the years and decades ahead. It is never too late to reduce your risks. With some up-front planning, motivation, and simple daily steps, you can build healthy new habits and lower your chances of heart attack, stroke, and other serious events.

Our team also sees patients suspected to have—or already diagnosed with—angina, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, heart failure, heart valve disease, and peripheral vascular disease as well as patients with vague symptoms, uncertain diagnoses, multiple overlapping conditions, or poor response to previous treatment who require a first or second opinion. We are specialized to provide a complete assessment for your needs.

Whatever stage of heart disease, whatever course of treatment, we are here to help you understand and look ahead.

What Manatee Cardiovascular Can Do For You

Based on a complete cardiovascular risk assessment, our cardiologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, dietitians, exercise specialists, and nutritionists will develop a customized plan to help you reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease. As part of our assessment, education, and care management, we offer an array of services, tests, treatments, and programs. These include:

  • Education
  • Advanced Non-invasive Diagnostics
  • Aggressive Treatment Plans for Hyperlipidemia and Hypertension
  • The Lipid Center
  • Diabetes & Metabolic Center
  • Medically Supervised Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Heart Failure Clinic
  • Anticoagulant Management
  • Cardiac Device Clinic
  • And more!

To schedule an appointment with a Manatee Cardiovascular physician, click here or call 941-744-1200.