Recently, we introduced a new program to provide access to medically supervised services, many of which are free of charge because they are connected with research studies, to help men and women reduce their risk of heart disease by adapting healthier lifestyles.
Our new program is being led by Nancy Petry, Ph.D., an accomplished, nationally recognized leader in the field of behavioral interventions to treat addiction disorders. We are delighted to have Dr. Petry and her colleagues on our team.
One of the first studies of our new program is looking at the impact of smoking and smoking cessation on high blood pressure, and is also comparing two approaches to help smokers kick the habit. (See box below.)
Weight Loss, Exercise
Other studies underway through the Behavioral Cardiovascular Program are looking at approaches to weight reduction, ways to encourage exercise, smoking cessation for individuals who do not have high blood pressure and more.