Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

The NSMC Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program is a 13-week program designed to empower patients to make healthier lifestyle choices to prevent the development or progression of heart disease. Clinic sessions are held once a week for two and a half to three hours. The Cardiovascular Risk Reduction team consists of cardiologists, cardiovascular nurse clinicians, nutritionists, exercise specialists, and a consulting psychologist. We also have a certified tobacco treatment specialist on staff and two certified diabetic educators.
Patient receiving cardiac evaluation

Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program

To qualify for the program you must have been diagnosed with any of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and smoking. If you have at least two of the appropriate risk factors, speak to your primary care physician about enrolling in the program.

Patients with at least two risk factors general find the clinical cost of this program covered by their insurance company. However there is an out of pocket enrollment fee.

Cardiovascular risk factors treated

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • smoking

Nutrition education

  • patients' nutritional intake is analyzed before and after the program

Exercise and fitness monitoring

  • blood pressure
  • heart rate
  • response to exercise

Stress management

  • meditation and relaxation techniques and other strategies are taught