Lankenau Heart Institute’s Cardiology Program is a vital line of defense
for patients who are experiencing symptoms of a heart or vascular
condition. Lankenau Heart Institute specialists help patients secure a
prompt diagnosis, appropriate treatment and long-term, follow-up care.
The Cardiology Program also provides risk assessments and personalized
prevention plans for those individuals whose medical and family history
increases their likelihood of developing a heart or vascular condition.
Led by board-certified doctors, the Cardiology team consistently applies
the latest medical therapies to achieve exceptional outcomes for its
When patients have questions about heart disease, they turn to the
Lankenau Heart Institute’s Cardiology Program. Lankenau Heart
team expertly manages patients with existing heart or vascular
conditions—or who are at risk for developing heart disease—through the
entirety of their care, from risk assessment and diagnostic evaluation
to treatment and follow up.
Distinguishing features of the Cardiology Program include:
A proactive approach to the prevention, diagnosis and
treatment of heart disease that is evidence based and
A multidisciplinary team of cardiac specialists,
including physicians, nurses and dietitians, who work
together to expertly evaluate and manage patients’ care.
All physicians are board certified in cardiovascular
disease with some possessing additional certifications
in such areas as echocardiography, nuclear cardiology
and interventional cardiology.
Convenient access to vast resources which include
nationally respected physicians and clinical programs,
and sophisticated technology to ensure prompt diagnosis
A highly personal and supportive environment for
patients and their families.
Based upon American Heart Association guidelines, the cardiac risk
assessment evaluates a person’s 10-year risk of developing heart disease
using the following factors: age, gender, cholesterol levels (both HDL
and total) and systolic blood pressure. Other factors taken into
consideration include weight, activity level and smoking. Individuals
will complete a physical exam, questionnaire and a panel of blood tests.
The cardiology team works with people who are at risk of developing
heart disease to create personalized plans that reduce their risk while
improving short- and long-term health. These plans often include the
following components: diet and exercise modification, smoking cessation,
medication and, in some cases, surgery.
Lankenau Heart Institute’s cardiologists draw upon the full range of
diagnostic tools when evaluating patients with heart conditions.
Capabilities include lab work, EKG, cardiac stress test, tilt table
catheterizations, and peripheral
Sometimes, a person’s heart condition can be effectively managed with
medication. Lankenau Heart Institute’s cardiology team has access to the
latest research and clinical trials and can provide patients with
options not available at many other hospitals.
Prior to surgery, the cardiology team evaluates and, if necessary,
takes measures to prepare higher risk patients for surgery. This process
helps to improve a patient's prognosis, reduce the length of their
hospital stay and minimize the chances of a postponed or cancelled
surgery. The preoperative evaluation includes the patient’s history, a
physical examination and an assessment of the individual’s functional
capability. Depending upon the type of procedure, other tests may be
administered including EKG, cardiac stress test, lab tests and x-rays.
The preoperative evaluation will also include recommendations for
treatment to minimize risks during surgery.
Research & Clinical Trials
Research is vital to advancing the care of patients with heart disease
and Lankenau Heart Institute specialists participate regularly in
prominent clinical trials of new drug and medical therapies.
Points of Differentiation The
Lankenau Heart Institute’s Cardiology Program offers a multidisciplinary
team of heart specialists working together to help patients with heart
disease achieve optimal outcomes. The cardiology
team partners with patients to develop short- and long-term care
plans. These may include studies permitting the early detection of
hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and the application of
preventative measures and therapies such as weight loss, smoking
cessation and exercise as well as medical and surgical interventions
Strengths of the Cardiology Program include:
A dedicated team of heart specialists committed to
working with patients for the long term.
The ability to perform detailed risk assessments that
help patients identify and change habits and behaviors
that place them at risk of developing heart disease.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.