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Cardiovascular Health & Lipid Clinic


Medical Director
: Peter Dionisopoulos, MD
Program APC: Kristin Syde, MPH, PA-C
Certified Medical Assistant: Brandi Becker, CMA (AAMA)

Despite advances in medicine, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. The Nebraska Heart Institute Cardiovascular Health and Lipid Clinic is committed to working to prevent the development and progression of coronary and vascular disease using a holistic approach including risk assessment, lifestyle changes and medical treatment. A team of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and dieticians works to provide personalized risk assessment and a customized plan to decrease your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Whether you have a family history of heart disease, have been diagnosed with a risk factor for heart disease or have experienced difficulty in tolerating cholesterol lowering medications, our team can partner with you to lessen your risk and improve your quality of life.


Patients who may benefit from a cardiovascular risk assessment include those with any of the following conditions:

  • Abnormal cholesterol levels.
  • Prior intolerance to cholesterol lowering medication.
  • Elevated blood pressure.
  • Diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
  • Tobacco Use.
  • Family History of Heart attack, stroke or vascular disease.
  • Any patient concerned about their risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Program Components:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by a cardiologist, physician assistant and dietician.
  • Advanced lipid testing to assess biomarkers of cardiovascular disease.
  • Diagnostic testing such as stress testing, coronary calcium scoring or vascular screening; if indicated.
  • Referral to additional support services such as tobacco cessation counseling, exercise programs and further nutrition classes.

Are you at risk? You can begin to evaluate your own personal risk for heart disease by completing the following assessment.

If your 10 Year Estimated risk is greater than 7.5%, you may benefit from medical therapy to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you have a 10 year risk greater than 7.5% or have risk factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, a history of tobacco use or a family history of heart disease; you may benefit from a full cardiac risk assessment.

Call with any questions or to schedule an appointment: 402-328-3990. You may also use the Request an Appointment button below.