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The Health Corps

Teaching teens the basics of good living

The Health Corps helps developing bodies in the same way the Peace Corps helps developing nations. In this ambitious program, created by Columbia heart surgeon Mehmet C. Oz, MD, well-trained volunteers go into the public schools to teach the basics of self-care.

Preventive Cardiology Program

The Preventive Cardiology Program of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is a joint program of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities that supports patient care, education, research and community and corporate outreach to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and to promote heart health. "An active working group of more than 40 faculty and staff from Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Centers meets regularly to design, implement, and monitor preventive services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital," states Lori Mosca, MD, PhD, Director of Preventive Cardiology.

Current Programs include:

The PASSPORT to Heart Health Program is service to New Yorkers that serves as a national model for comprehensive heart care. The purpose of this program is to identify individuals at risk for heart attack or stroke through screening. Several major risk factors for heart disease are assessed including cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. Participants receive educational materials on how nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle factors can be modified to lower risk. Family members of patients admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital with heart or vascular disease are eligible to receive free screenings at the PASSPORT to Heart Health offices located at both Columbia and Cornell campuses. The PASSPORT to Heart Health program can also operate as a mobile unit that travels to corporations and to health fairs to provide heart disease risk screenings and education to those interested in heart disease prevention. After the attacks on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001, the Preventive Cardiology Program provided free screenings to New Yorkers affected by the disaster.

Research: The Preventive Cardiology research team's goal is to learn more about how to detect cardiovascular disease in its earliest stages, to evaluate the safety and efficacy of novel preventive medications and to test methods to increase the quality of care and improve outcomes of patients with heart disease. The Preventive Cardiology research program has received millions of dollars in funding from many organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Aetna Foundation and many industries. Those interested in learning more about ongoing and upcoming projects are encouraged to contact our offices and join the Prevention Research Registry.

Columbia Center for Heart Disease Prevention

The Columbia Center For Heart Disease Prevention is located at 51 W. 51st Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) in the ColumbiaDoctors Midtown offices and specializes in the treatment of patients at risk for, or with, coronary heart disease. The prevention program offers services to help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and to prevent recurrent heart problems. The range of prevention services includes routine screening exams to high-risk evaluations and treatment. Nutrition counseling is available on site with nutritionist Heidi Mochari, RD who specializes in lipid, diabetes, and weight management. Referrals for cardiovascular diagnostic testing are available on site at Columbia Presbyterian Eastside.

The New York Weill Cornell Center for Women's Heart Health was recently established at the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center. Female patients at risk for, or with, coronary heart disease receive comprehensive preventive cardiology consultations. All patients leave their consultation with a personalized action plan for prevention.

The Preventive Cardiology Program Team is made up of a highly trained staff of doctors, nurses, health educators and others under the direction of Dr. Lori Mosca. To learn more about our services, please call: 212.305.4866.

Click here to visit the Preventive Cardiology Program website.

You CAN Have a Future Without Heart Disease

Ozgen Dogan, MD, FACC, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia provides tips for lowering your risk factors by practicing heart-protective habits.

Predicting and Preventing Sudden Death

A noninvasive test of T-wave alternans is now available for predicting ventricular arrhythmias. It detects risk for sudden death signaled by subtle abnormalities in T-wave repolarization that predict life-threatening ventricular tachycardia, and fibrillation.

Electrocardiography (EKG): A simple, safe way to monitor the heart


Electrocardiography (EKG) is a simple, quick, in-office diagnostic test that can monitor the heart for many disorders, including high blood pressure, arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, and others. New technology is allowing an EKG monitor to be worn comfortably at home, and even to double as a wrist watch.

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