Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (Rasmussen Center)
No other center in the U.S. provides such a comprehensive assessment to identify early cardiovascular abnormalities. The University of Minnesota has long been recognized as a leader in cardiovascular medicine. The Rasmussen Center represents the latest effort in this long tradition of helping people live longer, healthier lives through preventive care management.
What is Cardiovascular Disease?
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to abnormalities of the blood vessels (arteries) or heart that result in heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, kidney failure, and sudden death. Most heart disease is caused by blood vessel abnormalities. Thanks to advances in medicine, artery and heart abnormalities, today these can be identified long before the arteries become clogged and symptoms develop.
Identifying Individual Risk
An estimated one in four persons who die from cardiovascular-related diseases experience no advance symptoms. Such diseases are a direct consequence of blood vessel and heart abnormalities that can be detected by special tests, but which do not necessarily result in symptoms. Early detection of coronary artery disease can lead to preventive measures, motivating individuals at risk to adopt healthier lifestyles or medication, decreasing their risk of developing severe coronary disease. Risk factors such as age, blood pressure, cholesterol level, and blood sugar do not reflect the actual condition of the arteries or heart. Thus, these risk factors are not sensitive predictors of disease. Newer methods are now available to identify abnormalities long before they become symptomatic.
What We Offer
The team at the Center provides a comprehensive cardiovascular health assessment, including the newest non-invasive test to identify the earliest stages of vascular and cardiac disease that may lead to heart attacks, strokes, and other complications of cardiovascular disease. Our evaluation consists of an in-depth interview by a health care provider, and diagnostic measurements aimed at detecting early-stage disease and identifying factors that may contribute to its progression. A full report of the findings and recommendations is provided to both patient and physician. A complete screening takes about one to two hours. Other than blood sampling, the procedures are non-invasive, painless, require no preparation and take only a few minutes each. Couple or individual appointments are available.
Rasmussen Center results have been widely disseminated at primary care medicine and preventive cardiology conferences and seminars throughout the USA and abroad. Recent publications of these results are appearing in leading medical journals.
About the Director
Rasmussen Center director Jay N. Cohn, M.D., is a professor of medicine in the Cardiovascular Division of the University of Minnesota Medical School, a division which he headed for 22 years. A pioneer in developing cardiovascular assessment and therapy procedures, Dr. Cohn has written extensively about hypertension, congestive heart failure, and vascular compliance, among other related topics and has authored more than 600 scientific articles. He was founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cardiac Failure and co-author of the major textbook, Cardiovascular Medicine. He serves on the editorial boards of many major journals in the cardiovascular field.
Insurance has paid Rasmussen Center charges when appropriate referrals have been secured with no out-of-pocket expenses billed to patients after co-pays and deductibles have been met. Check with your insurance provider to determine if we are within your network and if there are referral requirements. An insurance guide is available upon request to aid in talking with your insurance company about our service.