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Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention at the Heart & Vascular Institute

Attend a FREE orientation class to learn if you need more advanced testing to determine your heart attack and/or stroke risk. Call 706/774-5548 to register or click here to learn more.

From Walton Way heading southeast: Turn right onto St. Sebastian Way and continue to stop sign. Continue straight, and the H&VI is on the left.
From Walton Way heading northwest: Turn left onto St. Sebastian Way and continue to stop sign. Continue straight, and the H&VI is on the left.
From 13th Street: Cross Walton Way and follow RA Dent Boulevard. Turn right on St. Sebastian Way, and the H&VI is on the right.
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Are You at Risk for Heart Attack and Stroke?
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Welcome to the Heart and Vascular Institute's Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center. In the United States, someone dies from cardiovascular disease approximately every 40 seconds. Many people may be at risk for a deadly heart attack or stroke and not even know it. Our specially trained medical personnel offer advanced individualized testing to determine your true risk for cardiovascular disease.

We move beyond the standard of care to search for dangerous plaques in your arteries, so that we can work with your physician to develop a personalized treatment plan to lower your risk of suffering a debilitating or fatal cardiovascular event. We provide education and support for you and your loved ones regarding treatment of any cardiovascular disease that is detected and our staff of expert cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular physicians, cardiologists, neurologists and internists is here to deliver optimal care. University's Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center offers special care for individuals with early onset heart disease, family members of patients with known cardiovascular disease, adults with known risk factors such as elevated cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes and secondary prevention referrals.

Advanced imaging

Equipped with state-of-the-art vascular imaging technology, University's Vascular Lab is fully accredited in five areas of testing by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories - a status attained by fewer than 2 percent of vascular laboratories in the United States. This means the lab performs its studies according to strict national standards.

University's LightSpeed® VCT system is an excellent tool for diagnosing coronary disease in a non-invasive fashion. A CT exam can be a simple, safe and quick way to determine the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries. As plaque builds up and stabilizes it becomes calcified, arteries get narrower and the risk of a sudden heart attack can increase. A complete cardiac assessment using the LightSpeed® VCT system takes only about 15 minutes.

Genetic and metabolic testing

University has partnered with some of the top labs in the country to provide state of the art genetic and metabolic testing for cardiovascular disease. The results of these advanced genetic tests can help your physician design appropriate lifestyle advice and choose the medicines and therapies that are best for your specific genetic makeup. These cutting-edge tests are constantly updated as breakthroughs in genetic testing make more individualized health care a reality. Specific metabolic testing can help diagnose disease earlier and gage response to therapies and lifestyle changes.

Advanced cholesterol screening

University offers advanced blood tests to determine the exact makeup of the cholesterol in your blood. These detailed exams along with other tests can help your physician more accurately determine your risk for cardiovascular disease and monitor the progress of your drug therapies. Aggressive therapies can help lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Reviewed: 2-7-12
Updated: 2-7-12


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