For many of our patients, managing cardiac health is a lifelong effort. At Northwestern Memorial, we emphasize the importance of preventive medicine—taking measures to keep disease from occurring—in managing heart health. The Center for Preventive Cardiology offers a variety of programs to prevent heart disease and improve your overall heart health.
Women’s Cardiovascular Health
Women’s symptoms for cardiac and vascular disease may look and feel different than those experienced by men. And heart disease affects one out of three women under the age of 45. Northwestern's Program for Women's Cardiovascular Health
takes a multidisciplinary team approach to helping women manage their cardiac health.
A collection of risk factors that predict the future development of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, metabolic syndrome
is important to detect early. By treating the root causes of this syndrome (which includes lipid disorders like high cholesterol and indicators such as excess weight around the midsection), we can reduce the risk factors for serious heart disease.
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
One in 120 people are born with congenital (inherited) heart conditions that affect the structure and function of their heart. Our Program for Adult Congenital Heart Disease
combines the expertise of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from Northwestern Memorial and Children's Memorial Hospital—specialists who work together to help adults reduce risk and improve quality of life.
Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
Research shows that our mind and body are tightly linked. The symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression can have a profound effect on the healing process. Our Cardiac Behavioral Medicine
team teaches patients techniques for managing tough emotions and their physiological effects. We offer inpatient and outpatient programs, and tailor treatment for each patient’s unique needs.
The S.M.A.R.T. Heart
(Stress Management and Recreational Therapy for Heart patients) program is a comprehensive inpatient effort created by Northwestern Memorial. Patients have access to a lounge area with computers, portable DVD players, books, games and music. By creating a supportive atmosphere filled with fun distractions and helpful resources, SMART Heart helps to increase social stimulus, teach stress management techniques, and improve quality of life for patients at every stage of cardiac treatment.
In recent years, research has shown that genetics—our inherited biological traits—play a role in the development and severity of heart disease. Our team of experts in the Program for Cardiovascular Genetics
works together to screen for and diagnose heart disease in individuals and families, and develop strategies to help our patients enjoy long, healthy lives.
Contact Us Today
For more information regarding preventive cardiology, please call the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 1-866-662-8467 or request a first time appointment online.
For more information regarding clinical trials related to preventive cardiology, please view the Clinical Trials Unit of Northwestern page, send an email or call 312-926-4000.