Preventive Cardiology

Preventive Cardiology for better health outcomes

There are several subspecialties in Cardiology that many patients have had first hand experienced with: non-invasive, invasive, interventional, electrophysiology and even heart failure. In 2004, Dr. Wolk, the president of the American College of Cardiology asked this question to its members - So, why aren’t all cardiologists preventive? He said that treatment in cardiology will continue to evolve from very aggressive interventional approach to more proactive prevention. That prediction has come true. 

Eleven years later, the 2015 President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Williams said: “It is time to turn off the faucet instead of just mopping the floor.”

2015 ACC President Dr. Williams

Dr. Williams refers to atherosclerosis as the faucet, turning off the faucet is preventive cardiology and mopping the floor is interventional cardiology and other subspecialties and also heart bypass surgeries. 

First Line of Defense

An experienced preventive cardiologist who is also a clinical lipidology (a cholesterol specialist) is the first line of defense that can prevent most high cardiovascular risk patients from having a heart attack, stroke and sudden cardiac death. This has many important consequences - better patient outcomes, lower healthcare cost and less need for other much more expensive cardiac services.

Dr. R. deGoma started incorporating aggressive heart attack and stroke prevention in 2001, a few years before Dr. Wolke started asking why aren’t all cardiologists preventive.

When Dr. Willams talked about turning off the faucet instead of just mopping the floor, Dr.R. deGoma had already turned off the faucet in his practice ten years before.

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