Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. But heart disease isn’t just one disease. It’s a number of conditions that affect the heart’s ability to function normally, including:

Heart problems often progress over a long time and you don’t always experience symptoms until you have a heart attack or heart failure. Symptoms of heart disease vary depending on the specific condition. Seek emergency medical care if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting.

Preventing Heart Disease

The good news is that lifestyle choices you make can help prevent heart disease. And if you are already showing signs, these changes will help it from getting worse:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Control other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.
  • Eat a diet that's low in salt and saturated fat.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Reduce and manage stress.

Treating Heart Disease

Heart disease is easier to treat when detected early. If you are concerned or have symptoms, talk to your Mercy physician or heart specialist. Every doctor, nurse and cardiac team member is dedicated to your heart care.

We’ll develop a plan to reduce your heart disease risk. And if you already have heart disease, Mercy's heart and vascular team will provide the latest diagnostic and treatment options you'll need to live a healthier life.

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