University of Miami Health System now offers specialized prevention services to patients who have a high risk for major vascular disease complications, including heart attack and stroke. Led by
Carl E. Orringer, MD, a top lipid expert at
UHealth - the University of Miami Health System and associate professor of medicine at the
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, a team of experts including heart, cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and genetics specialists have come together to offer comprehensive treatment. The
Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Program provides its services at
The Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables and at the Sayfie Pavilion on the UHealth medical campus in Miami.
Dr. Orringer said that there is conclusive evidence that preventive treatment aimed at cardiovascular risk factors can help defend against the development of dangerous complications. "High cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes, unhealthy eating habits and lack of regular exercise increase the risk for heart attack and stroke," Dr. Orringer said. "Treatments directed at these risk factors have been shown to reduce the risk both of an initial heart attack or stroke, and of recurrence in those who have already suffered these complications."