Fast facts:

Only 2 percent of individuals meet the American Heart Association’s criteria for ideal cardiovascular health. That means 98 percent of us have some level of risk. – Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2012

The prevalence of overweight, obesity and diabetes have been on the rise since the 1970s in both children and adults, with no end in sight. – Health, United States, 2010. Published online in Circulation, Dec 15, 2011.

You are at higher risk of developing diabetes if you are black or native American. – 2011 American Heart Association data published online in Circulation Dec 15, 2011.

Direct and indirect costs of heart disease in 2008 exceeded $190 billion. Total costs of CVD by 2030 are expected to exceed $1,117 billion! – 2011 American Heart Association data published online in Circulation Dec 15, 2011.

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Risk Reduction Clinic

Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in America. It is also a leading cause of premature disability. Fortunately, we know a great deal about how to slow the progression of this condition, also known as coronary artery disease.

Certain factors place a person at greater risk for heart disease. Now we can predict your risk more accurately and reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by taking an aggressive approach to preventive care. You may also avoid the need for angioplasty or bypass surgery.

Assessing your risk

Experts at The University of Kansas Health System's Risk Reduction Clinic have extensive experience in helping people lead heart-healthy lives. Our dedicated team of physicians, nurse practitioners and registered dietitians will help you identify and successfully manage your risk factors. The process begins with a risk assessment:

Staff at the Risk Reduction Clinic will:

  • Assess your medical history
  • Learn about your family history
  • Check blood tests

Our staff will also communicate closely with your primary care physician to make sure you receive the most comprehensive care possible. During treatment, you are encouraged to see your family physician every six months.

Treatment options

We will work with you to set personal goals and create a follow-up plan. We may recommend that you make lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and decreasing your intake of dietary fat, cholesterol, sweets and starchy foods. We recommend an appointment with our cardiovascular dietitian to help you. Some patients may also need to take medications.

Your treatment plan is designed just for you. For example, a patient who has high cholesterol may be treated with diet modifications and exercise. But if that patient has other risk factors, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, more aggressive therapy may be needed.

Why choose The University of Kansas Health System

We are leaders in both prevention and treatment of heart disease (coronary artery disease). Our goal is to help you enjoy an an active, heart-healthy life. We have successfully worked with thousands of patients to manage their risks for coronary artery disease. Our staff has special expertise in assisting patients who have complex health issues, such as diabetes or abnormal kidney or liver disease, medication intolerances or complicated medication schedules.

As part of an academic medical center, the Risk Reduction Clinic also offers patients a chance to take part in clinical trials. The staff actively works to discover new treatment methods, and we regularly update our guidelines to reflect new knowledge that benefits patients.

  • People who come to our Regional Heart Attack Center are more likely to survive.
  • In all areas of heart attack care, we exceed the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally.
  • Our interventional specialists open blocked arteries faster than national standards.
  • Our patients experience fewer complications than the national average.
  • Although we take care of sicker patients, our mortality rate for heart attack patients is better than the national standard.

Learn more

If you’d like to learn more about this and other health topics, visit CardioSmart or the National Institutes of Health.