Preventive Care Specialist

Levine Heart & Wellness

Ronald Levine, MD

Cardiologist located in Naples, FL

As a top-ranked cardiologist in Naples, Florida, Dr. Levine of Levine Heart & Wellness is experienced in providing preventive care and interventional treatments to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Preventive care options include lifestyle changes, medication, minimally-invasive procedures and more based on each patient's unique needs.

Preventive Care Q & A

What is preventive cardiology?

Preventive cardiology focuses on helping patients who have heart disease and those who are at risk for heart disease take the important steps that can help them reduce their risks for cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks. Preventive cardiology begins with a thorough evaluation of your overall health and your cardiovascular health, as well as a review of your personal health history and family health history to look for risk factors or subtle symptoms that can help determine your risk for heart-related events. Then it focuses on establishing lifestyle habits and treatment options to help reduce your specific risks.

How can I tell if I can benefit from preventive care?

People with certain risk factors for heart disease are usually ideal candidates for preventive care. These include people with conditions like:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Fainting spells
  • Heart palpitations or arrhythmias
  • Sedentary lifestyle habits including jobs that involve long periods of sitting
  • Family or personal history of heart disease or stroke
  • Lifestyle issues like smoking
  • Obesity
  • People with conditions like Marfan's syndrome or those who have had rheumatic fever

If you have any of these issues, you should be evaluated to determine if preventive cardiology treatments could help you enjoy better cardiovascular health. Likewise, if you're 40 or older and have never had a cardiac evaluation, you should be evaluated to determine if any risk factors are present and decide if preventive cardiology could help you stay healthy.

What does preventive cardiology involve?

In addition to having a routine evaluation, preventive care can include blood pressure screenings, blood tests to monitor your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lifestyle changes to help you lose weight and be more physically active, quitting smoking, and other exams like EKGs and stress testing to evaluate your heart's activity while at rest and during exercise. Each plan of preventive care will be customized for your specific risk factors and can evolve over time as your medical needs, risk factors, and lifestyle change.