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About the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease

Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center works with adults who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. Whether you are at a higher risk due to multiple cardiac risk factors (e.g. hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, overweight status, etc) or a history of known cardiovascular or peripheral arterial disease, at the Ciccarone Center, you can have access to a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, endocrinologists and nurse practitioners.

The Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center's personalized, comprehensive approach to lifestyle and medical management can slow the progression of cardiovascular disease, decreasing one's future risk of heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery or angioplasty. Our experts examine all aspects of a patient's lifestyle habits, medical history, and family history to best determine his or her risk of heart disease and stroke, and to develop a plan to significantly reduce that risk. Patients also benefit from our research that includes both clinical trials and basic molecular studies. All our physicians and nurses are active clinical investigators in one or more of the following fields: hypertension, familial-clustered coronary disease, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, thrombosis, accelerated atherosclerosis, estrogen replacement therapy, and non-invasive cardiovascular imaging.


The mission of the Ciccarone Center is three-fold:

  1. Create excellent clinical care for people at risk for developing heart disease.
  2. Educate health care practitioners about how to better identify and care for patients at risk of developing heart disease.
  3. Establish rigorous research programs to study better prevention of heart disease.

History of the Ciccarone Center

The Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins was created in 1989 through the efforts of Dr. Roger S. Blumenthal, in memory of his close friend, Henry Ciccarone. Mr. Ciccarone was a legendary athlete and lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins, who lead the Hopkins lacrosse team to three national championships (1978 - 1980) and is inducted in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. In 1988, at the age of 50, Coach Ciccarone passed away after experiencing his third heart attack.

Dr. Blumenthal, together with Drs. Nicholas J. Fortuin and Myron Weisfeldt, gathered the friends and former players of Coach Ciccarone to raise funds for the development of a comprehensive program geared toward the prevention of coronary heart disease events. The Ciccarone Center was founded in 1990 and sought to unite the proud traditions of Hopkins lacrosse and Hopkins Medicine.

In June of 2013, Irene Pollin, a passionate health advocate and founder of Sister to Sister, an organization dedicated to educating and motivating women to make constructive lifestyle changes that can improve their heart health, made a $10 million gift to The Ciccarone Center. Her donation established the Kenneth Jay Pollin Professorship in Cardiology and funds pivotal research on heart disease prevention and advanced training of postdoctoral cardiology fellows.

Pollin suffered the tragedy of losing not one, but two children, because of congenital heart defects. Her son, Kenneth, died when he was 13 months old. It is in his honor that the endowed professorship has been named.

Special Interests

The Ciccarone Center specializes in individuals who develop cardiovascular disease before the age of 65. We are especially interested in screening and managing asymptomatic family members of persons with premature atherosclerotic disease.

Our team employs state-of-the-art testing to help identify factors contributing to heart disease clusters in families. We use the latest assessment techniques to measure protein levels, including C-reactive protein, homocysteine and certain genetic polymorphisms for arterial thrombosis.

In asymptomatic adults with no history of cardiovascular disease, we may a multidetector chest CT scan of the chest to measure the amount of coronary calcification. The presence of elevated coronary calcification may be a sign of advanced coronary atherosclerosis. With such knowledge, a patient will learn how to properly manage their risks through medication and lifestyle.

As you learn new lifestyle habits, we have a nurse health educator to help you. She will assist you with developing a healthier diet, maintaining a prudent body weight, stopping cigarette smoking, creating a regular aerobic program, and coping better with stress.


The Ciccarone Center's experts can be found at two convenient locations, where we can perform exercise stress tests, treadmill stress echo tests, echo Doppler tests, EKG's, Holter monitors and coronary calcium scans.

Green Spring Station
10755 Falls Road, Pavilion 1, Suite 320 & 340
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
Appointments - 443-997-0270

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
601 North Caroline Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
Appointments - 443-997-0270


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