Dr. Ankit Shah, a leading cardiologist with MedStar Health in Baltimore, MD, discusses a promising new tool, an interactive heart risk calculator that will help patients get a quicker and more personal assessment of their risk for heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. MedStar Health patients for the first time will see their heart health information embedded in their electronic health records (EHRs) using an easy-to-read, interactive interface. It will quickly show patients the impact that their current blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors play in their risk of heart disease or stroke.
Dr. Ankit B. Shah is the founding director of the Sports & Performance Cardiology Program for MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Shah earned his B.A from Boston College with a degree in Economics and his M.D. and M.P.H. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his training in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Lenox Hill Hospital and fellowship in sports cardiology under Dr. Aaron Baggish at the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shah is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He serves as the team cardiologist for USA Swimming. He has served as a faculty member at the American College of Cardiology’s annual sports cardiology conference “Care of the Athletic Heart.”