Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease every year. The Preventive Cardiology Program is designed to help women identify their personal risk for heart disease, heart failure, and stroke. Although your basic lab work may be in the normal range, a more detailed evaluation can help to determine if you have an unidentified, increased risk for heart disease. While we are located within the Lynn Women’s Institute, we are excited to serve both women and men.
What is Preventive Cardiology?
Preventive cardiology is a subspecialty focused on lowering your risk for developing heart disease. We are committed to helping you prevent your first heart attack or stroke, or lower your risk for another heart event. Even if you have heart disease, it is never too late to see a Preventive Cardiologist.
Your first visit with Heather Johnson, MD, Preventive Cardiologist will include an extensive review of your personal health history, family history, and to discuss your questions. To identify other potential risk factors, Dr. Johnson may order specialized imaging and laboratory tests. After your evaluation, you will receive a personalized plan of care, which may include recommendations for lifestyle modifications and available treatment options. Dr. Johnson will share her findings with you, and members of your healthcare team, including your primary care physician, general cardiologist, and other specialists.
Your Preventive Cardiology visit will include a review of the following:
- A review of your family history of heart disease, heart failure, stroke, or sudden death
- Presence of abnormal calcium on mammogram, CT scan or X-ray
- History of cancer, especially breast or lung cancer
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Rheumatologic Condition (ex: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis)
- Diabetes or pre-diabetes
- History of pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, or pregnancy-related diabetes
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Medications questions or concerns
About Dr. Heather Johnson
Heather M. Johnson, MD, MMM, FAHA, FACC - Preventive Cardiologist
Dr. Heather M. Johnson is a Preventive Cardiologist at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute of Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Baptist Health South Florida. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology, Master of Population Health, and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with Honors from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with a Master of Medical Management. Prior to joining the Lynn Women’s Institute, she practiced as a General Cardiologist and Preventive Cardiologist for 10 years at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Dr. Johnson is a leader in population health, heart disease prevention, and women’s health with over 50 research publications.
She is active with multiple medical organizations including the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Preventive Cardiology, and WomenHeart. Dr. Johnson is a guest medical expert on television newscasts, radio shows, and podcasts. She has received numerous awards. Notably, in 2018, Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and in 2019, she was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.
For a link to Dr. Johnson’s publications, click here.
For Dr. Johnson’s “Physician Spotlight” video, click here.