Heart Health & Prevention Services

To reduce your risk of developing heart disease, take advantage of preventive services available at UNC Medical Center. You’ll find help achieving your best heart health by preventing, uncovering and proactively treating the causes of heart conditions—before they turn serious.

Concerned you may already have a heart condition? Learn more about our diagnosis and screening services.

Managing Cholesterol

If you have high blood cholesterol, you have an increased risk for heart disease. That’s because when there’s too much of this fat-like substance in the blood, it builds up on the walls of your arteries, slowing or blocking blood flow. Get help bringing your cholesterol back to healthy levels at UNC’s Lipid Prevention Clinic.

You’ll receive a detailed estimate of your heart disease risk along with easy-to-understand recommendations tailored to your health concerns. Your treatment plan could include lifestyle changes, medications and plasmapheresis—a blood-washing technique that can dramatically lower cholesterol to almost-normal levels in just a few three-hour sessions. UNC Medical Center is one of the few places in the country to offer plasmapheresis for cholesterol control.

You know you’re getting expert help for hard-to-treat cases at UNC because we train physicians, nurses and pharmacists across the Southeast.

Solutions for High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, the blood in your body creates excessive pressure on your blood vessels. This puts you at risk for coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke and other problems. At UNC Medical Center’s Hypertension Clinic, you’ll find help getting your blood pressure under control before those problems strike.

You’ll benefit from experts who specialize in treating hypertension that hasn’t responded to past treatment. We use all the resources of our heart and vascular center to evaluate your health and cardiac risk factors. Then, we’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that may include lifestyle changes and medications.

Women's Heart Program

If you’re a woman, you may experience different signs and symptoms of coronary heart disease (CHD) than men do—or you may not experience any symptoms until a major health event occurs. That’s why it’s important to learn about your risk for heart disease and take action early to stay healthy.

Through the Women’s Heart Program at the UNC Heart Center at Meadowmont, you’ll find experts to help you learn about your heart health and discover what steps you can take to improve it. Your doctor may refer you to the program or you can call to make an appointment if you’re concerned about heart disease. Not sure if you’re at risk? Take the Women’s Heart Foundation’s Women’s Heart Disease Risk Quiz.

Men's Heart Program

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Atrial Fibrillation and Prevention

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Nutrition and Exercise Counseling

If your physician recommends you make lifestyle changes to decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease, you’ll find expert help and support at UNC Wellness Centers.

See our registered dietitians to create an eating plan that meets your health goals while including foods you like to eat. Or make an appointment with a certified personal trainer to develop a safe and effective exercise plan tailored to your wellness goals and current health condition.

Cardiac Genetic Testing

If someone in your family has been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease, you may be at risk for heritable cardiovascular disorders. Specialized genetic testing and counseling—a service found in the region only at UNC Medical Center—can offer more information so you can seek proactive treatment and stay in the best health possible.

You’ll learn about your risk for conditions that have a genetic component as well as discuss how family history affects you. If necessary, we also can perform clinical diagnostic imaging tests.

Contact Us

Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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