This article appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Cardiovascular Update.
Cardiovascular Wellness Service Enhances Patient Education and Preventive Strategies
Service provides a wide range of resources to support and improve cardiovascular wellness through education and outreach.
Our service is one of the first of its kind to bring together multiple disciplines, including cardiovascular specialists, psychologists, and nutritionists to address both the medical and behavioral aspects of cardiovascular health,” said JoAnne Foody, MD, medical director of the Cardiovascular Wellness Service. “Our goal is to help patients identify and implement strategies that enhance their overall wellness.
”The Service offers multiple mechanisms designed to improve cardiovascular wellness, including:
- Clinical services – Specialized care is available as needed for patients who have an established risk for heart disease, including collaboration with nutritionists and psycholo- gists to aid in successful strategies to reduce risk;
- Online tools – The Service’s online program (www.brighamandwomens.org/cvcenter/cvwellness) provides a free health risk assessment for patients and coaching on ways to modify cardiovascular disease risk and establish targets to maintain cardiovascular health. Educational videos, articles, diet recommendations, recipes, and tracking tools for exercise, blood pressure, and nutrition also are available;
- Wellness classes are available at BWH, including yoga, relaxation, stress reduction, smoking cessation, nutrition, and presentations by cardiovascular specialists;
- Community outreach – An important mission of the Cardiovascular Wellness Service is to reach out to individuals in underserved communities who often have barriers to healthcare. Free screening and educational presentations regarding cardiovascular disease are offered through the Service, which also works with communities to tailor its services to meet each community’s specific needs.
“We provide a range of services to help patients establish strategies and change behaviors in order to control or reduce their risk of disease,” said Dr. Foody.
Risk Factor and Outcomes Research
The Service also is conducting research to assess its impact on modifying risk factors or improving outcomes. The online program, for example, will review a select group of participants for factors such as weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol numbers to track whether there is improvement in these endpoints. These studies also will assess any gender differences in the success of the program.
Patients can visit us online for a calendar of events, wellness tools, community outreach, and information regarding other services offered through the Cardiovascular Wellness Service.
Referrals and Information
For more information, or to refer a patient, please contact the Watkins Cardiovascular Clinic at (857) 307-4000.
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