Preventive Cardiology Program & Lipid Clinic
Bassett Healthcare Network's Preventive Cardiology Program & Lipid Clinic focuses on prevention of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability of both men and women in America, and prevention is more important than ever.
Who will benefit from Bassett's Preventive Cardiology Program & Lipid Clinic?
The program is designed for individuals who:
- Wish to reduce their risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease, or reduce risk of heart disease progression
- Want a comprehensive risk factor assessment
- Have a family history of cardiovascular disease
- Wish to pursue healthy lifestyle modifications, including weight loss, exercise, and smoking cessation
- Have hard-to-control blood pressure or cholesterol
- Have trouble tolerating side effects from cholesterol medications
- Have diabetes or other risk factors
Bassett's Preventive Cardiology Program & Lipid Clinic offers a variety of services and resources to help patients prevent cardiovascular disease and improve heart health, including:
- Cholesterol and full lipid profile testing and management
- Management of high blood pressure
- Smoking cessation assistance
- Nutrition evaluation and weight loss counseling
- Physical fitness assessment and exercise counseling
- Screening tests for cardiovascular disease
What are lipids?
Lipid is a medical term for fat that is present in the bloodstream. There are two main types of lipids – cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the body and found in some foods that provides energy. Having too much cholesterol can lead to heart disease and stroke. Triglycerides are another type of lipid, or fat, found in blood and foods. Excess triglycerides are often caused by weight gain, lack of exercise, smoking, alcohol use and a high-carbohydrate diet. High levels of triglycerides are linked to heart disease – especially in women. Maintaining healthy lipid numbers is important in preventing heart disease and stroke.
What can I expect during my first visit?
When you arrive for your first appointment, you will meet with Merle Myerson, MD, and review your cardiovascular risk factors, lifestyle, family history, and medications. You may have blood tests or cardiac tests ordered, after which you will have a follow-up meeting with Dr. Myerson to discuss a management plan.
Pre-Exercise Heart Screening Program
Bassett's Preventive Cardiology Program also offers a special program that is dedicated to reducing the cardiovascular risks associated with participation in competitive and recreational sports and exercise. The screening program is designed for both young and older patients who:
- Have been inactive and wish to start an exercise program or are active and want to intensify their exercise routines
- Play competitive or team sports
- Have a family history of sudden cardiac death, irregular heart rhythms, fainting, or other congenital heart problems
- Have symptoms, including fainting, chest pain, or shortness of breath
- Have been told that their heart exam is abnormal
Does my primary care provider (PCP) have to refer me?
Many insurance plans allow you to make your own referral. If so, you may make an appointment directly by calling Bassett's Cardiology line at 607-547-3180.
Is Bassett's Preventive Cardiology Program & Lipid Clinic and Pre-Exercise Screening Program covered by Medicare and Medicaid?
Yes. Patients who receive treatment at Bassett's Preventive Cardiology Program & Lipid Clinic or Pre-Exercise Screening Program are covered, as sessions are billed as sick visits. Check with your insurance provider to learn more details.
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Merle Myerson, MD, EdD, FACC, FNLA
Dr. Myerson is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in prevention of cardiovascular disease. She is also a certified lipid specialist and holds a doctorate in exercise physiology.