Lankenau Heart Institute’s Consultative 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 Consultative 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 Consultative Cardiology team
consistently applies the latest medical therapies to achieve exceptional
outcomes for its patients.
When patients have questions about heart disease, they turn to the
Lankenau Heart Institute’s Consultative Cardiology Program.
Lankenau Heart Institute’s consultative
cardiology 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 Consultative Cardiology Program
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 consultative 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 consultative 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 testing, cardiac
catheterizations, and peripheral
Sometimes, a person’s heart condition can be effectively managed with
medication. Lankenau Heart Institute’s consultative 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 consultative 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 Consultative Cardiology Program offers a
multidisciplinary team of heart specialists working together to help
patients with heart disease achieve optimal outcomes. The consultative
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 when appropriate.
Strengths of the Consultative 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
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.