Atherosclerosis Clinic

From 2017 to present

By 2017, sixteen years had passed since my journey began. Challenges met. Problems solved. Many hundreds of lives saved and many more made better. Frustrations with healthcare system intensified. Hope remains. Time is short.


Is it possible to sustain the high level of treatment success since we published our first performance data in 2005? The answer is a bold YES.

Wide Treatment Gap

The top slide is the L-TAP, the middle slide is our 2006 publication, and the bottom slide is our 2017 publication.

Performance was not only sustained but it even got better with 89% (from 85%) reached LDL-c level less than 100 mg/dL and 51% (from 31%) reached LDL-c level less than 70 mg/dL. We began turning off the faucet when I closed the treatment in my practice in 2005. What used to be common and expected cardiovascular events before 2001 became rare and unexpected after 5 years.  

Preventive Cardiology+Clinical Lipidology is the first line of defense against heart attack and stroke. It prevents the first events and stops the recurring cycle of events which is the normal course of atherosclerosis.

We save more lives and improve the lives of many more. Did it cost more? NO. We save Medicare as much as $8,700 per beneficiary with diagnosis of CHD and $6,499 per beneficiary with diagnosis of diabetes compared to the average for cardiologists nationwide.

After practicing traditional clinical and noninvasive cardiology for 20 years, I took a successful seventeen - year journey to heart attack and stroke prevention. This can be summarized like a simple equation. 

Preventive Cardiology+Advanced Lipid Clinic+High Treatment Success Rate+Medicare Savings = Atherosclerosis Clinic. It is the only one of its kind.

© Rolando L. deGoma MD  2018     Capital Cardiology Associates     Princeton Physicians' Organization