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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: Primary and Secondary Prevention
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD

  • Preventive Cardiology

Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute has ranked number one in the nation for 24 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 Head of the Section of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, Stanley Hazen, PhD, MD.

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.

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.

Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, is the Head of the Section for Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation, Vice Chair of Translational Research, Lerner Research Institute, Director for the Center for Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Prevention, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Mass Spectrometry Core Facilities, Department Chair in the Department of Cell Biology and Section Head in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Hazen is board-certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has also completed subspecialty training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. He sees patients within the Preventive Cardiology Clinic, specializing in preventive cardiovascular medicine care of patients including treatment of hyperlipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, obesity. He also sees patients within the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation program. His research interests include understanding the role of inflammation and oxidant stress in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and other inflammatory diseases. He is an expert in mechanisms of atherosclerosis, HDL structure and metabolism, the biochemistry of leukocyte peroxidases, free radicals and reactive oxygen species and mechanisms of oxidative damage.

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