Preventing heart disease and heart attack begin with an initial evaluation followed by customized care based on each patient's unique needs. Dr. Herbert Insel helps patients in Manhattan and throughout New York City optimize heart health with preventive cardiology care tailored just for their needs and risk factors.
Preventive cardiology focuses on the treatments, procedures and lifestyle changes that can be used to help patients maintain optimal cardiovascular health. Preventive care is appropriate for patients with existing heart disease or heart-related issues like a previous heart attack as well as for patients who have risk factors for heart disease and related conditions.
Preventive cardiology care begins with a physical exam and assessment of the heart's structure and activity. Lab work including blood tests for cholesterol and triglycerides may be performed, along with EKG testing, stress testing, and echocardiograms, depending on the patient's health, risk factors or symptoms. An in-depth personal and family medical history also play an essential role in identifying risk factors and determining the best course of action for preventing serious heart-related events. Once the initial evaluation is complete, care recommendations will be made to help maintain optimal cardiovascular health. Recommendations may include lifestyle changes like losing weight, quitting smoking, dietary changes or increasing physical activity. Medication may be administered to control blood pressure or cholesterol. Additional testing and evaluations may also be ordered, especially if an existing disease is suspected or has already been diagnosed.
People with risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family or personal history of heart disease or related issues, those who are overweight or obese, smokers, and older men and women can all benefit from preventive care. preventive care can also be important for people who have heart arrhythmias or palpitations, fainting spells, shortness of breath, or certain diseases like diabetes or Marfan's syndrome. A primary care physician may recommend preventive care based on your medical history or other risk factors, but generally speaking, anyone with a personal or family history of heart disease or many other chronic illnesses can benefit from an evaluation, as can anyone over the age of 40 who has not had a cardiac evaluation.
We accept many major insurance providers. Although we are out of network with Aetna and Oxford, we welcome the opportunity to take care of you with your out of network benefits. Please call our office to discuss details further. Dr. Insel does not accept any exchange or marketplace plans.
"He is understanding but not assumptive, and really took the time to explore all possible answers to the questions I had."
"Hands down the best doctor in New York City. Spends more time with you than any other doctor; extremely thorough."
"Dr. Insel is the most compassionate and knowledgable doctor I have ever met. I wish every doctor would have his bedside manner-I would go to doctors more often."
"Dr. Insel is very personable and caring I came to him when I was at my worst and he ensured he provided the best care."
"I love him, my doctor for 25 years, the best. I've sent 10 people to him..."
"Dr. Insel is incredibly competent and caring."
"Dr. Insel is a thoughtful and thorough doctor who cares very much for this patient's physical and emotional wellbeing."
"All good! Takes the time to explain everything in depth."
"His service made me feel like I was his only Patient."
"Made me feel like I was very important."
"He's a knowledgable cardiologist, who's down to earth. He has always been spot on his diagnoses."
"The best treatment available!"
"Over ten years Dr. Insel has proven to be a caring and excellent physician."
"His mantra of "moderation in all things" that we use to shrug off has proven to be the most valuable in taking care of one's health and/or effectuating changes."
"As I write this I am being given tests necessary to make sure that I am healthy and doing the correct practices to stay that way."
"I have had Dr. Insel as my primary Dr. for many, many years and I feel much better because of him and his staff."
"Dr Insel is a superb clinician; his office staff is kind, professional and efficient."
"I love the fact that he performed the echo and stress echo himself and not a technician. He was extremely knowledgeable."
"He is so thorough and so knowledgeable and gives you ample amount of time!"
"My mother has been a patient for 25 years. Dr. Insel is an excellent cardiologist. He is caring, compassionate and treats her with kindness and dignity."
"Dr. Insel has been my internist/cardiologist for more than 20 years. I highly recommend Dr. Insel to anyone needing a general internist with a specialty in Cardiology."