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The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic

A happy couple enjoys a bike ride.

The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic combines the expertise of preventive cardiologists, registered dieticians, exercise physiologists and nurse practitioners to assess your heart health and risk for heart disease.

Imagine a clinic that focuses on the promotion of health and prevention of heart disease. Imagine a clinic that helps you live longer and healthier lives by aggressively addressing the major contributing medical and lifestyle risk factors for heart disease. Imagine a clinic that helps you change unhealthy habits - poor nutrition, physical inactivity and the use of tobacco.

Welcome to the Heart Disease Prevention Clinic.

We have the tools, the team and the time to help you realize the health you've imagined.

For an appointment,
call 651-292-0007.

The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic is at United Heart and Vascular Clinic on the United Hospital campus in St. Paul.

Nasseff Specialty Center
225 North Smith Ave., Suite 400
St. Paul, MN 55102

For an appointment,
call 651-292-0007.

The time we share with you at your first appointment includes:

  • Preventive Cardiologist - This 40-minute consultation includes a through cardiovascular history and physical exam as well as assessment of the risk factors and behaviors that may affect your risk for heart disease.
  • Registered Dietician - This 60-minute in depth visit focuses on your existing eating patterns and opportunities to improve overall nutrition. Scientific research overwhelmingly confirms a healthy diet is the key to overall heart health.
  • Exercise Physiologist - This 30-minute session assesses your current activity level and ways to maximize it.

Routine follow up appointments are offered with our nurse practitioners and preventive cardiologists to help promote long term change and assess progress.

The tools we use include:

  • Advanced cholesterol testing
  • Smoking cessation program
  • ExerCare Fitness Center
  • Coronary Calcium Scoring/Heart Scan
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Abdomen aortic aneurysm (AAA) screenings
  • Mental health services
  • Stress reduction
  • Mindfulness training

Meet the care team

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Elizabeth Tuohy, MD
Medical Director

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Nazifa Sajady, MD

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Maureen Doran, RD
Registered dietician

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Kris Coleman, BS, MBA
Exercise Physiologist

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Kim Seibert, CES, RCEP
Exercise Physiologist

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Joy Longley CNP
Nurse practitioner

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Ann Hayden, MSN, CNP
Nurse practitioner

Consider making an appointment if you have any of the following:

For an appointment,
call 651-292-0007.

  • History of heart attack or stents
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking

Not sure? Take the online Heart Health Risk Assessment to find out more. Bring your results to your Heart Disease Prevention Clinic appointment.

The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic focused on me as a whole person

Lori Anderson-Tepley gained insights into her health at a new prevention clinic offered by United Heart and Vascular Clinic.

Lori Anderson-Tepley knows from experience that it's better to prevent health problems than to deal with them later. Anderson-Tepley, 56, has type 1 diabetes and other health problems that stem from it. She sought out a new clinic that focuses on prevention, especially heart disease and stroke. The clinic, The Heart Disease Prevention Clinic, is part of United Heart & Vascular Clinic (UHVC) at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Participants get a complete picture of their health by meeting with a preventive cardiologist, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. Then they choose specific steps to improve their health.

“The whole emphasis was how to improve what I'm doing,” said Anderson-Tepley, who's from St. Louis Park. “When you can do something before a problem happens, that's powerful. The clinic gave me some new tools to work with.” She was so impressed that she referred her husband, who had an appointment several months ago.

Her first appointment was with a preventive cardiologist.

They discussed the complexities of Anderson-Tepley's health, focusing on her child-onset diabetes and related problems. Diabetes often leads to heart disease, so Anderson-Tepley and her family doctor watch her cholesterol closely. Her doctor suggested she start a statin medicine to reduce her cholesterol.

Anderson-Tepley asked her preventive cardiologist and they discussed several options to lower her cholesterol, including a nutritional supplement. “I'm hoping that with the right diet and exercise, I can avoid medication,” Anderson-Tepley said. For now, they're watching her cholesterol levels.

Her preventive cardiologist also recommended that Anderson-Tepley have a heart scan, which showed her there was no cholesterol buildup in the coronary arteries.

She met with a nutritionist who suggested ways to modify food groups in her diet because a medically restricted diet prevents her from eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Anderson-Tepley said she learned some new foods that fit well in her diet, such as nut butters for protein and a main dish of mashed potatoes and squash.

With her exercise physiologist, Anderson-Tepley discussed walking as her main form of exercise. Seibert urged her to walk more when she could and add regular exercises for strength and flexibility. Anderson-Tepley uses a Heart Disease Prevention Clinic online resource to do the exercises at home.

She appreciates that the clinic “focused on me as a whole person. That's critical to me. I need to own this and follow through. I also felt very safe, because they covered every aspect of my health risks. When I left the clinic, I felt that I could make some changes and feel better overall.”

Source: Healthy Communities Magazine, winter 2013 issue
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Tuohy, MD, Medical Director, Heart Disease Prevention Clinic
First Published: 12/03/2012
Last Reviewed: 04/03/2014