Elizabeth Piccione, MD, is a cardiologist with UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Jameson. She is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and provides general cardiology services with focuses on heart failure, congestive heart failure, nuclear cardiology, women’s cardiology, and echocardiography

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Dr. Elizabeth Piccione of UPMC Jameson on Heart Disease

What Is Heart Disease?

Heart disease refers to any disease that affects the cardiovascular system. This includes:

  • The heart muscle
  • The arteries that supply blood to the heart
  • The electrical system that controls the rhythm of the heart
  • The valves that control the direction of blood flow within the chambers of the heart

What Are the Risk Factors for Developing Heart Disease?

Risk factors for developing heart disease include:

Is There Anything I Can Do to Prevent Developing Heart Disease?

Steps that you can take to help decrease your chance of developing heart disease include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Not smoking

Controlling diabetes and high blood pressure with appropriate medications can also help decrease your risk.

If I Already Have Heart Disease, or if I Am at Risk for Developing Heart Disease, What Treatment Options Are Available?

There are a variety of medications available to help to treat heart disease. These medications help to:

If needed, minimally invasive procedures and surgeries are also available, including stents to increase blood flow in clogged arteries, pacemakers to control the heart’s electrical system, and valve replacement or repair.

Dr. Elizabeth Piccione

Dr. Elizabeth Piccione

Will I Need to Travel to Pittsburgh for Heart and Vascular Care?

No. Access to UPMC Heart and Vascular services is available locally through UPMC Jameson. Most procedures can be done locally as well. More advanced cardiovascular procedures that require travel into Pittsburgh are coordinated by our local office. This allows for pre- and post-operative follow-up close to home.

What Services Are Available at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Jameson?

There are a variety of services available at UPMC Jameson. You can undergo evaluation by one of our cardiac care team members, including:

  • General cardiologists
  • Electrophysiologists
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Interventional cardiologists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Thoracic surgeons

Patients can also visit the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) clinic. This clinic provides evaluation before and after procedures for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement.

You can also undergo diagnostic tests including:

  • Echocardiograms
  • Stress testing
  • EKGs
  • Holter and event monitors
  • Ultrasound studies of the arteries

There are many procedures available at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Jameson. These include:

  • Acute percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Left heart catheterization
  • Right heart catheterization
  • Elective percutaneous intervention
  • Pacemaker insertion
  • Peripheral intervention
  • Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR)
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Peripheral artery bypass surgery
  • Full range of vascular surgical procedures