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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: Primary and Secondary Prevention
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH

  • Preventive Cardiology

Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute has ranked number one in the nation for 23 consecutive years in a row, offering a wide variety of surgeries and treatments in cardiac care. Please join us to have your questions on cardiovascular risk factors answered by preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH.

Cardiovascular disease includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart, including coronary artery disease and vascular (blood vessel) disease. Cardiovascular disease is by far the leading cause of death in the United States.
Coronary artery disease (narrowing of the arteries supplying blood to the heart) causes about one million heart attacks each year. Even more worrisome, 220,000 people with heart attacks will die before even reaching the hospital.

Research about cardiovascular disease risk factors suggests that making even small lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and other serious cardiovascular conditions.
Risk factors are certain conditions that increase a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease. Nonmodifiable risk factors are risk factors that cannot be changed, while modifiable risk factors CAN be modified, controlled, or treated.

The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of developing cardiovascular disease. In addition, higher levels of each risk factor mean there is a higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease.

Nonmodifiable risk factors include increasing age, male gender, menopause, family history, and race. Modifiable risk factors include stopping smoking, lowering LDL cholesterol, raising HDL cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure, controlling diabetes, maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising, and following a heart healthy diet.

Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, is a preventive cardiologist in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He sees patients at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

Specialty Interests: Cardiology, preventive cardiology, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular risk factor modification, diet, exercise, fitness, weight loss

Number of Patients Treated: Physicians in the Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation provide care during more than 11,000 patient visits annually.

Education and Training: Dr. Ahmed received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. He earned his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, and a master’s in public health from Harvard University, Boston, MA, both in 2010. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, followed by fellowships in cardiology and preventive cardiology, also at Johns Hopkins. He joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2016.

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