Sean P. Heffron, MD

  • Specialties: Cardiology, Preventive Cardiology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-263-0855

About Me

My initial interest in health stemmed from a passion for nutrition and diet that was inspired by traveling the world and learning about the diets of different cultures. I later realized I wanted to have a health career that would give me universally applicable skills, so I pursued medicine.

Today, I use my background in nutrition in my consultations with patients. As a preventive cardiologist, I encourage optimal nutrition and regular physical activity as a way to prevent or manage obesity, which can adversely affect a person’s cardiovascular disease risk.

My goal is to provide guidance. I offer consultative services regarding lifestyle modifications, such as increasing leisure activities and incorporating regular exercise into daily life, for people who are trying to prevent or have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.

I take a personalized approach to care. I work with each person to identify lifestyle changes that can be made and sustained for long periods of time. By encouraging people to make these modifications, in combination with the use of evidence-based medical therapies, we can reduce a person’s long term risk of cardiovascular disease.

At the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, I work with a team of professionals whose expertise spans the gamut of cardiovascular health. We have experts in lipid disorders, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, women’s heart health, thrombotic disorders, nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise. We are involved in a number of institutional, national, and international clinical trials that allow us to study cardiovascular diseases and medications that may reduce a person’s risk of developing these.

My research focuses on the ramifications of obesity on cardiovascular health. Specifically, I study how cardiovascular disease risk factors are altered after bariatric surgery. My research is funded by the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association Foundation, and the NYU-HHC Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


Conditions and Treatments

obesity, atherosclerosis, lipid disorders, high cholesterol level, clinical overweight, metabolic syndrome, chest pain, coronary heart disease, exercise stress test, abdominal aortic aneurysm, aneurysm of aortic arch, aortic aneurysm, aortic disease, aortic valve disease, aortic valve insufficiency, aortic valve stenosis, thoracic aortic aneurysm, abnormal heart rhythms, angina, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart attack, heart failure, heart murmur, heart muscle disease, heart rate monitoring, mitral valve prolapse (MVP), myocardial disease, platelet disorders, rapid heartbeat, slow heartbeat, weight loss, acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery anomaly, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, arteriosclerosis, carotid artery disease, carotid stenosis, dilated cardiomyopathy, familial hypercholesterolemia, polygenic hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure disorder, high triglycerides, hypocholesterolemia, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ischemic cardiomyopathy, claudication, weight control
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Credentials

Positions
  • Instructor, Department of Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Cardiovascular Disease), 2014
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2011
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, NYU School of Medicine, Cardiology, 2014
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2011
  • MD from Duke University, 2008
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NYULMC Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

530 1st Avenue, HCC, Suite 4F
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Research My Research

Interests

obesity, HDL, cardiovascular risk, bariatric surgery, platelets, weight loss, metabolic syndrome

Research Summary

My research focuses on the modulation of novel cardiometabolic risk factors with weight loss in obesity.  We are currently investigating the effects of two bariatric surgical techniques, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy, on HDL function in cholesterol efflux.  We are also studying the effect of weight loss by Sleeve Gastrectomy of platelet characteristics and function. 

Research Interests Timeline

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Publications

  • Changes in Lipid Profile of Obese Patients following Contemporary Bariatric Surgery: A Meta-Analysis

    Heffron, Sean P; Parikh, Amar; Volodarskiy, Alexandar; Ren-Fielding, Christine; Schwartzbard, Arthur; Nicholson, Joseph; Bangalore, Sripal Heffron, Sean P; Parikh, Amar; Volodarskiy, Alexandar; Ren-Fielding, Christine; Schwartzbard, Arthur; Nicholson, Joseph; Bangalore, Sripal
    American journal of medicine. 2016 Sep. 129 (9): 952-959

  • Greater Frequency of Nut Consumption is Associated with Lower Prevalence of Peripheral Arterial Disease

    Heffron, Sean P; Rockman, Caron B; Gianos, Eugenia; Guo, Yu; Berger, Jeffrey S Heffron, Sean P; Rockman, Caron B; Gianos, Eugenia; Guo, Yu; Berger, Jeffrey S
    Preventive medicine (1972). 2015 Mar. 72: 15-18

  • Laparoscopic gastric banding resolves the metabolic syndrome and improves lipid profile over five years in obese patients with body mass index 30-40 kg/m

    Heffron, Sean P; Singh, Amita; Zagzag, Jonathan; Youn, Heekoung A; Underberg, James A; Fielding, George A; Ren-Fielding, Christine J Heffron, Sean P; Singh, Amita; Zagzag, Jonathan; Youn, Heekoung A; Underberg, James A; Fielding, George A; Ren-Fielding, Christine J
    Atherosclerosis. 2014 Nov. 237 (1): 183-190

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