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Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States; about one in four people die of heart disease every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But many types of heart disease are preventable, by reducing risk factors and being aware of the signs and symptoms. For example, you can reduce your risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common type of heart disease, through lifestyle changes and medication therapy.
Men and women are affected differently by certain risk factors. Our Women's Heart Health clinic focuses solely on how heart disease affects women.
About the Familial Coronary Risk Clinic
The Stanford Familial Coronary Risk Clinic is a special focus within the Preventive Cardiology clinic, providing comprehensive, compassionate care to individual patients with early-onset coronary disease or strong risk factors for coronary disease, as well as their family members who may also be at increased risk.
Our goal is to comprehensively evaluate a patient's risk and to provide the most effective measures to slow or stop the progression of atherosclerosis for both primary and secondary prevention.
Individualized action plans are developed to determine the optimal approach for each patient, which include lifestyle interventions and when necessary, medications. Electronic medical records provide patients with secure on-line access to health information and communication.
The program involves:
Advanced tests for lipids and emerging risk factors such as CRP, Lp (a), and Apo B
Referrals for and assessment of imaging tests, such as ultrasound and heart CT scans
Interpretation of and referrals for cardiovascular genetic testing
Learn about heart disease prevention tips, how diet and cholesterol play a role in heart disease, and using genetics to improve cardiac health.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.