Cardiovascular Disease Treated by Mercy's Board Certified Cardiologists

The Heart Center at Mercy

The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. A team of Board Certified cardiologists uses a number of tests to diagnose cardiac symptoms and disorders. Comprehensive care and treatment are provided in a reassuring, friendly environment.

About the Condition

Cardiovascular disease is a broad term for disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Major types of cardiovascular disorders include:

 Risk factors for cardiovascular disorders include:

  • Smoking
  • Poor diet choices
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Overweight or obese
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Prolonged stress
  • Older age
  • Family history of cardiovascular disorders
  • Male sex (men are at greater risk, but women’s risk increases after menopause)
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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms can vary, depending on the particular form of cardiovascular disease. Major symptoms may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations, racing or fluttering heartbeats
  • Dizziness, fainting, fatigue
  • Swelling of legs, ankles, feet
  • Pain or numbness in legs or arms

Basic diagnostic tests may include:

  • Physical exam and medical history
  • Blood tests
  • EKG

Additional tests may be performed depending on the specific symptoms and probable diagnosis:

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Treatment Options

Comprehensive treatment generally includes three types of treatment and also will depend on the specific diagnosis.

Lifestyle changes to promote health:

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Increase exercise level
  • Stop smoking
  • Limit alcohol

Medications to eliminate or control symptoms:

  • Antihypertensives
  • Blood thinners
  • Anticholesterol drugs
  • Medications to regulate heartbeats
  • Antibiotics

Procedures or surgery if indicated:

  • Angioplasty to increase blood flow through arteries
  • Procedures to correct heartbeat irregularities
  • Pacemakers
  • Surgery to correct heart defects
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