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Do you have questions on how to improve your heart health? Our experts will answer your questions and offer you tips during a live web chat on Monday, March 25, 2013, at noon ET.

About Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation

The Section of Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation helps patients who may already have heart and vascular disease and those who are at high risk of developing it by designing lifestyle modification strategies to improve cardiovascular health. Programs include nutritional services, prescriptive exercise programs, stress testing, multiple cardiovascular risk reduction programs, peripheral vascular rehabilitation program in collaboration with Vascular Medicine, comprehensive cardiovascular care for women, and educational programs for patients and healthcare providers.

Improving Your Heart Health Live Web Chat: noon (ET) on March 25, 2013


Featured Expert
Gordon Blackburn, PhD

  • Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Section of Preventive Cardiology
  • The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic

Featured Dietitians
Julia Zumpano, RD, LD and
Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD

  • Section of Preventive Cardiology
  • The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic

These programs promote optimal life-style changes and medical management to:

  • Prevent the occurrence and/or progression of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Reduce the need for future surgery
  • Enhance your quality of life by reducing symptoms

About our experts

Gordon Blackburn, PhD, is the Program Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Section of Preventive Cardiology at Cleveland Clinic. He is certified as a Preventive/Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director by the American College of Sports Medicine. His specialty interests include cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, cardiovascular risk factor modification and graded exercise testing.

As a research investigator, Dr. Blackburn has focused his clinical studies on the effect of exercise for patients with heart failure, on lifestyle change and behavior modification for patients with coronary artery disease, and on the ways in which exercise can improve heart rate recovery.

Julia Zumpano, RD, LD and Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD are the dietitians in the Cleveland Clinic Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program. They have extensive experience in counseling adults and adolescents on nutrition strategies. You may have seen Julia and Kate on television and print discussing various nutrition topics.

Possible questions for this web chat

  • What diet is best for my heart health?
  • How much exercise is enough or too much?
  • Why should I be enrolled in a cardiac rehab program?

We will try to answer as many questions as possible during the chat. Please create an account or register to attend the chat and submit your questions. 

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  • Sandy

    can not do a regular stress test. The last stress test they did with the meds showed nothing but still was having the pain so did a cath and found a large blockage I do walk and swim so I do get exersie