Your preventive cardiology care team
Our cardiologist or nurse practitioner will review your family history, including a focus on early cardiovascular disease (heart attack or stroke before the age of 50 years) and your child’s health history. They will also perform a physical assessment, including feeling pulses over wrists and feet, and listening to heart and lung sounds. They will then review your child’s lab results for this visit compared to their previous lab results, if any.
Providers you may see include: Dr. Geetha Raghuveer, Dr. Maria Kiaffas and Jenny Ecord, APRN (Wichita, Kan. location)
Our nurse coordinator is who you will likely have the most contact with throughout. The nurse coordinator will work with you to schedule your appointments (new and follow-up), as well as providing orders for new and follow-up lab draws. During your appointment, the nurse coordinator will ensure all appropriate labs and paperwork have been completed, review what to expect during your appointment, and coordinate the sequence of your visit with a nutritionist, exercise physiologist, cardiologist, and imaging to minimize your wait time. At the end of the visit, she will schedule future appointments as needed.
Our nutritionist will discuss the importance of a heart healthy diet, your child’s lab values and how various foods will affect these labs. They will obtain a dietary recall of a typical day for your child. They will review what types of foods your child likes, identifying proteins, vegetables and starches, good fats versus bad fats, and appropriate portion sizes. The nutritionist will work with you and your child to set a goal to improve your child’s diet quality.
Our exercise physiologist will discuss the importance of physical activity and exercise. The exercise physiologist will discuss your child’s lab values and the effects physical activity has in improving good cholesterol (HDL) and triglyceride levels. They will also guide you and your child through a detailed physical activity recall, identify sedentary habits, and work with you and your child on setting a goal to reach a physical activity level that will decrease your child’s risk for developing a chronic disease. Our exercise physiologist will also review your child’s weight status using measurements such as Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference.