Preventive Cardiology

UW Health Preventive Cardiology: Doctor and patientThe Preventive Cardiology Clinic is part of the comprehensive array of cardiovascular services provided by UW Health Heart and Vascular Care.
Our staff includes:
Preventive Cardiology Physicians
Our doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lipid disorders and hypertension and work to develop an individualized risk reduction program.
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurse Specialists
Our nurses partner with primary care physicians as "case managers" and provide easy access to follow-up care, including office visits, telephone contacts and acting as a liaison to primary care physicians.
Nutrition Specialists
Our preventive cardiology nutrition specialists will review eating habits and lifestyle with you, and help you make changes to reduce heart disease risk.
Physician referrals are recommended but not required for appointments at the Preventive Cardiology Clinic. Patients with the following characteristics are appropriate for referral:
  • Individuals with a family or personal history of heart or vascular disease at a young age
  • Children and adults with severe or difficult-to-treat lipid disorders or hypertension
  • Individuals with emerging risk factors including elevated lipoprotein (a), homocysteine or C-reactive protein
  • Individuals with metabolic syndrome (a combination of risk factors that include being overweight, high triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or blood sugars)

Referrals may also be made for smoking cessation, exercise counseling and prescription, and stress reduction services.


Your First Clinic Visit


The following ground will be covered during your first clinic visit. Please bring your lab records and health history questionnaire and food record (mailed prior to appointment) with you.

  • You will meet with a preventive cardiology staff physician and a resident physician to review a health history, complete a physical exam and review current medications and lab results
  • You will review food records with a preventive cardiology nutrition specialist, who will provide recommendations for dietary changes
  • We will schedule follow-up tests and clinic visits to evaluate your progress and make changes in your treatment plan, if necessary
  • A letter will then be sent to your primary care physician detailing the assessment, recommendations and plan of care