Heart Disease Prevention

Certain risk factors for heart disease, like age and family history, can’t be prevented. But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease.

The Heart Disease Prevention Program at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute sees patients who are at risk for heart disease or potential recurrence. Our support services include risk assessment and health programs such as exercise and weight management.

Heart Prevention: Why Choose Vanderbilt

We offer:

  • Team approach: Our team of preventive specialists includes cardiologists, registered dietitians, program coordinators and nurses who will help you understand your heart disease risk.
  • Personalized care: Our specialists work together to create an individualized health plan to lower your risk, or a recurrence, of heart disease. We personalize your heart health plan based on your family history, current health and lifestyle choices.
  • Long-term care: Our team will be with you every step of the way, helping you achieve optimal heart health. We also work closely with your primary care doctors, sharing test results and recommended lifestyle modifications.
  • Recognized care: U.S. News & World Report ranks us among the top 20 programs in the country for heart care and the only top-ranked program in Tennessee, recognizing the superior care we provide.
  • Access to specialists: Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, with some of the top heart and vascular specialists in the country. As a patient at Vanderbilt, you have access to doctors who received extensive training in their specialties.

Heart Disease Conditions

Our experts will evaluate your risk for heart and vascular diseases such as:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease

Heart Disease: Assessing Risk

To evaluate your risk for these heart and vascular diseases, we will:

  • Review your family history
  • Discuss your medical history and any health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
  • Examine lifestyle choices that may increase your risk, such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and stress
  • Complete a physical exam

We also may order blood tests or screening tests, such as an electrocardiogram, exercise stress test or carotid artery ultrasound.

Support Services for Heart Disease Prevention

We offer support services that can help you reduce your risk of heart and vascular problems, including:

  • Cholesterol reduction: We may recommend lifestyle changes and medication to reduce high cholesterol.
  • Diabetes management: Our team works closely with diabetes specialists to help you manage your condition. We may prescribe medication and suggest lifestyle changes.
  • Exercise: Physical activity can help lower heart disease risk. We will work with you to develop an exercise plan and connect you with exercise groups and classes.
  • High blood pressure control: Whether it’s genetic or caused by lifestyle choices, our specialists can help you get your blood pressure under control.
  • Nutrition counseling: Our registered dietitians will counsel you on eating habits and help you develop a personalized, heart-healthy nutrition plan.
  • Smoking cessation: We can connect you with a smoking cessation program that works for you.
  • Weight management: Our team can connect you with medical and surgical weight loss specialists to help you create a balanced weight-loss strategy. 

Heart Disease Prevention Locations

Our experienced team of doctors may see patients at additional locations. To find the location closest to you, call (615) 322-2318.

Nashville
Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2318
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One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Ln., Suite 22100 
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 322-2318
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Heart Disease Prevention Providers