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Program for Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Therapies
The Program for Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Therapies (PACT)
The program is designed for people who have a history of heart disease, are at risk for heart disease, or simply want to know their risk for future cardiovascular events. The services available include:
Integrated approach to the aggressive control of all risk factors with an emphasis on cholesterol and blood pressure
Intensive education to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle
Individualized nutrition assessment, education and support services
Smoking cessation referrals
Specialized cholesterol and lipoprotein measurements
State-of-the-art catheter and surgical interventions
Access to experimental programs with emerging technologies for patients with complex disease
Program for Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Therapies (PACT)
There is a large population of at-risk patients who currently do not have access to the clinical resources for optimal management of the factors that promote cardiovascular diseases. The goal of PACT is to comprehensively evaluate these patients and to provide them with the most effective measures to impede the progression of atherosclerosis. Multiple treatment modalities are explored for every patient to determine the optimum approach. Patients also have access to research protocols and clinical trials.
Recent clinical trials have demonstrated that reducing cholesterol levels prevents cardiovascular disease and lowers total mortality. Other studies, using multiple research methods over several decades, confirm the evidence linking risk factors and cardiovascular disease. Angiographic and functional studies in atherosclerosis show that aggressive risk-factor modification retards the progression of vascular disease and stabilizes vulnerable plaque. Comprehensive risk assessment and therapy is now recognized as an integral part of care for patients with cardiovascular disease and those at high risk.
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.