Heart & Lung Care
Mercy Medical Center offers state-of-the-art technology, compassionate care and skilled, knowledgeable cardiologists and staff trained in the treatment of heart conditions, heart disease (cardiovascular disease) and stroke. Simply put, award-winning heart care.
Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?
People with no symptoms that may be at risk for developing heart disease include:
- Family history with early onset of heart disease - parent, brother/sister, and your children (before the age of 55/males and 65/females)
- High cholesterol
- Cigarette smoking
- Lack of physical exercise
If you fall into this category, talk with your family physician and consider early preventative screenings.
Prevention is the key to a healthy heart. Learn ways you can assess your risk for heart disease with one of our heart screenings.
Learn more about heart conditions in our series of Cardiology 101 recorded webinars.
Heart Attack Symptoms for Men & Women
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., and twice as many U.S. woman will die of cardiovascular disease as from all forms of cancer. Recognizing a heart attack early can make all the difference in the world. Learn important Signs and symptoms.
Exercise is a key component to good heart health. The simplest, positive change you can make is to start walking – for 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Join Mercy’s free Steps2Health program and start walking today, or learn more on the variety of weight loss programs offered at Mercy.
The best heart healthy diet includes foods high in vitamin, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Here’s some ideas to add to your grocery list:
- Berries: blueberries, raspberries and strawberries
- Fish: salmon, mackerel and tuna (high in Omega-3 fatty acids)
- Soy foods: soy beans, tofu and soy bean oil
- Whole grains: bread, cereal and oatmeal
- Nuts: almonds, pecans and walnuts
- Olive oil
- Beans: pintos, garbanzo, lentils and kidney beans
View our Health-e-Eats videos for recipes ideas, step-by-step cooking instructions and learn the health benefits of the ingredients used by our Registered Dietitian. Learn more about Mercy’s nutrition education and counseling for guidance in sound nutrition.
Heart Health Educational Videos
Five Years and Counting!
Every second counts with a heart attack. That's why in June 2014, Mercy celebrated five years of providing 100 percent of our heart attack patients with “door to balloon” times faster than the national standard.
"Door to balloon" is the time it takes from when a patient enters the ER to when they receive life-saving intervention with heart vessel balloon angioplasty.
It's The Mercy Touch at work and we're the only hospital in the area and part of a select few in the nation to reach this milestone.