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At the University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center, we believe the more you know about your heart the better. We want you to be as informed as possible about your heart, treatment options and living a heart-healthy life. 

Heart health is a bigger deal than you may know.

  • The first symptom of heart disease is often a heart attack or sudden death.
  • In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds.
  • About 600,000 die of heart disease in the U.S. every year – that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Heart Disease Prevention

Perhaps you have a few risk factors for heart disease. Or maybe you have already been diagnosed with a heart condition. Or perhaps you simply want to take steps now to prevent problems in the future.

At our Heart and Vascular Center, we work with you to create a heart-healthy lifestyle that meets your needs. Learn more about our Center for Preventive Cardiology.

Talk to us today about ways you can protect your heart, including:

  • Diet modification
  • Controlling cholesterol levels, diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Stress management
  • Quitting smoking
  • Exercising regularly

Learn more about tips for heart disease prevention.

Heart Screenings at the UM Heart and Vascular Center

Undergoing regular heart screenings is one of the most effective ways you can help your heart. Starting in your 20s, you should undergo screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Screenings are often no more invasive than a simple blood test.

If we detect an abnormality, such as high cholesterol, we can treat it aggressively before it becomes a problem. The earlier we treat heart-related conditions, the more successful the treatment. Learn more about heart screenings.

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