What's Included in the Heart Smart Program?

The heart is the hardest-working muscle in the human body. It beats more than 100,000 times and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood each and every day.

You rely on your heart to send oxygen and other nutrients throughout your body, so it’s no surprise that your heart health affects your overall well-being. Your overall health affects your heart too, and taking care of both is important.

Kunal Patel, MD, and our team at NJ Cardiovascular Institute specialize in treating both acute and chronic heart conditions, and we’re here to help you build heart-healthy habits in your daily life.

Our unique Heart Smart Program takes a comprehensive approach to cardiovascular wellness. With components from nutritional counseling to pain management, the program brings education and professional support together just for you.

Components of our Heart Smart Program

Dr. Patel and our team prioritize patient education to make heart health easier at home. We offer educational sessions, along with top-tier cardiovascular care, to patients involved in our Heart Smart Program. The program is tailored to meet your needs, and may include managing your chronic condition, making lifestyle changes, and performing diagnostic testing when needed.

Chronic condition management

Many heart conditions are chronic, which means they need ongoing care. The Heart Smart Program provides ongoing management of your chronic condition, including heart rhythm monitoring, pain management, and medication management. We check in with you regularly to ensure your treatments remain effective. 

Lifestyle support

Taking care of your heart means making healthy changes in many aspects of your life. If you’re recently diagnosed with a heart condition, all the changes might seem overwhelming, but the Heart Smart Program can help.

Our team offers nutrition counseling to help you learn about eating heart-healthy foods. We can recommend exercise regimens to strengthen your body safely, and we have healthy lifestyle programs so you can find the support you need.

Diagnostic services

Diagnostic testing is the most effective way to identify your heart condition, but health screenings don’t stop once you have a diagnosis. Dr. Patel and our team use a range of diagnostic tests to assess how well your treatment plan is working.

A few common diagnostic tests we rely on include stress testing, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing. 

Is the Heart Smart Program right for me?

As a comprehensive wellness program specifically designed for people with heart problems, it could protect and improve your health if you have a history of heart problems. 

Common symptoms that could indicate a heart problem include:

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek a professional diagnosis. Our team is highly trained in diagnosing and treating a range of heart conditions, so you can enjoy your best possible health.

The Heart Smart Program is a good option for people with chronic heart conditions and/or a history of heart problems, like:

The program starts with a comprehensive evaluation. We take your medical history and existing health issues into account, partnering with you to manage your condition and improve your quality of life. We’re with you each step of the way to answer your questions, provide accountability, and promote your health.

Ready to find out how our Heart Smart Program could help you? Contact us online or over the phone to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel at one of our offices in Secaucus, Newark, or Paramus, New Jersey.

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