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Duke Heart Center’s cardiac prevention and rehabilitation services integrate evidence-based medical management with proven behavioral strategies and leading-edge research to help people improve their heart health and lower the risk of serious heart events.
Our physicians hold leadership roles with bodies that include the Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism Council of the American Heart Association; the American College of Sports Medicine; and the American College of Cardiology.
We focus closely on lifestyle medicine approaches to preventing heart disease, including exercise, nutrition, and stress management, and couple those approaches with state-of-the-art medical therapy.
Our physician-scientists authored the STRRIDE study -- which showed that even modest intensity exercise improves blood lipids, insulin sensitivity, and reduces the risk of diabetes. Duke physicians were also members of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, which recently released first-ever federal exercise guidelines aimed at helping people improve their health.
We offer evaluations and management for established risk factors such as dyslipidemia and hypertension, as well as risk factors recently identified in studies -- many led by Duke physicians -- such as waist circumference, vascular reactivity, metabolic syndrome, sedentary lifestyle, and carotid intima medial thickness.
Our physicians also have identified genes in the blood that may lead to a simple blood test to diagnose coronary artery disease.
We also offer evaluations and assessments for older athletes with cardiovascular disease, risk factors, or concern of disease or exercise capacity and safety.
Our team of cardiologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, and psychologists then provide patients with comprehensive, personalized plans using scientifically proven medical and lifestyle therapies.
Recovering from cardiovascular disease is often difficult and requires a long-term commitment to change. Since 1976, the Duke Cardiac Rehabilitation program has helped thousands of cardiac patients return to a full, active life.
The program is designed to progress rapidly from a cardiac event or hospitalization to the point where people can return to work, pursue favorite activities and live a healthier life. Located on the Duke Center for Living campus, the program includes:
Duke's Cardiac Rehabilitation program is dedicated to helping patients begin a long-term, self-directed program of exercise and lifestyle change.
Call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853) to make an appointment with a cardiac rehabilitation specialist.