Heart Health and Performance Program

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mayo Clinic in Arizona offers the Heart Health and Performance Program to help you optimize your heart health. Staffed by an experienced team of specialists in heart disease (cardiology), the program helps you to understand your heart disease risk and current heart health. The program staff determines the heart disease risk of apparently healthy adults through a comprehensive evaluation.

The staff performs a comprehensive cardiac evaluation during a one-day screening process. Your evaluation includes:

  • Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) testing — A noninvasive ultrasound examination of your neck (carotid) arteries that measures artery thickening and detects early development of heart disease before blockages begin to form. It also can detect non-occlusive plaque within an artery.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) — An evaluation of the electrical activity of your heart during rest and exercise
  • Exercise stress testing — A test that measures your heart function and fitness
  • Physical performance evaluation — An evaluation of your joint mobility, flexibility and muscular fitness
  • Lifestyle assessment — An assessment of your nutrition, physical activity, stress and smoking history
  • Body composition assessment, including body fat analysis
  • Blood tests and chemistry profile — Tests to check your cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and to test your liver and kidney function

The program staff works with you to develop a personalized plan to prevent heart disease and improve your heart health. They give you immediate feedback and support to help you make informed decisions about your health. Your program may include:

  • Doctor's medical recommendations about heart health and heart disease prevention
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Patient education

The program is open to people ages 18 to 64, and may be particularly beneficial if you have one or more of the following heart disease risk factors:

  • Family history of early heart disease or stroke (heart disease or stroke in a male blood relative less than 55 years old or female blood relative younger than 65)
  • Diabetes or elevated blood sugar levels
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • High or abnormal cholesterol
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Physical inactivity, high stress or tobacco use
  • Prior history of an abnormal heart or vascular screen, such as a coronary artery calcium scan


The staff of the program includes:

  • Doctors who treat heart conditions (cardiologists) and preventive medicine doctors
  • Fitness specialists (exercise physiologists)
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nutrition specialists (registered dietitians)


Call 480-301-8216 to schedule an appointment in the Mayo Clinic Heart Health and Performance Program. To request an appointment online or for more information about any clinic or program in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases in Arizona, see appointments.

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