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Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona offers the Heart Health and Performance Program to help you optimize your heart health. Staffed by an experienced team of doctors trained in heart disease (cardiologists) and other health care professionals, the staff members in the program help you 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.
A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, preventive medicine doctors, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners and dietitians work together to provide your care in the Heart Health and Performance Program.
The staff performs a comprehensive cardiac evaluation during a one-day screening process. Your evaluation includes:
- Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) testing. This is 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 can also detect nonocclusive plaque within an artery.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). This test evaluates the electrical activity of your heart during rest and exercise.
- Exercise stress testing. This test, also called a stress test, measures your heart function and fitness.
- Physical performance evaluation. In a physical performance evaluation, staff checks your joint mobility, flexibility and muscular fitness.
- Lifestyle assessment. In a lifestyle assessment, staff evaluates your nutrition, physical activity, stress and smoking history.
- Body composition assessment. This test assesses your body composition and analyzes your body fat.
- Blood tests and chemistry profile. These tests check your cholesterol and blood sugar levels and test your liver and kidney functions.
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:
- A doctor's medical recommendations about your heart health and heart disease prevention
- Lifestyle counseling, which may include recommendations regarding lifestyle changes, such as physical activity and nutrition
- Patient education
- Smoking cessation counseling
- Stress management training
The program is open to people ages 18 to 64. It 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 younger than age 55 or female blood relative younger than age 65)
- Diabetes or high blood sugar
- High blood pressure
- High or abnormal cholesterol
- Overweight or obese
- Physical inactivity, high stress or tobacco use
- Prior history of an abnormal heart or vascular screen, such as a coronary artery calcium scan
You may be referred by your primary doctor, or you may make an appointment without a referral.
March 26, 2021