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Your risk of heart disease, in particular coronary artery disease or "blocked heart arteries," is related to multiple well-known risk factors. People with no symptoms that may be at risk for developing heart disease include:
If you fall into this category, talk with your family physician and consider early preventative screenings.
A person's risk of having coronary artery disease and future risk of heart attacks and other heart problems can be estimated from the above risk factors.
Our cardiologists are experts in identifying and assessing these risk factors and your risk for heart disease. We also recommend steps that can reduce these risks, including drug therapy to reduce blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, individualized diet and exercise programs to promote weight loss and physical fitness, and steps to help with smoking cessation.
We also determine if further tests would be indicated to help better determine your risk of coronary artery disease. These tests include non-invasive stress tests, coronary artery calcium scoring or non-invasive CT scan coronary angiograms.
If you have a family history of heart disease; are concerned about high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and other cardiovascular risks; or if you are recovering from a heart attack or surgery, you can benefit from a cardiac risk assessment with a cardiologist.
We specialize in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cardiac problems, with an emphasis on early risk factor identification. Using state-of-the-art technology, we provide you with a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment and an individual plan on how to improve your heart health.
Diseases such hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes are targets for prevention. Our staff looks at the entire scope of the vascular system. We screen patients for all types cardiovascular diseases, including blockages and clotting of the legs, neck, heart and kidneys. We have the technology and experience to perform screenings of the carotid arteries, coronary arteries, testing for peripheral arterial disease (PAD/PVD), and renal artery stenosis.
Prevention is the key to a healthy heart. Learn more about Mercy's CT Calcium Exam to assess your risk for coronary heart disease/
Mercy offers a CT Calcium scoring test to predict your risk for coronary heart disease. It's quick, non-invasive and detects calcium in the arteries leading to the heart, indicating that atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) has begun. If you have risk factors for coronary heart disease (family history, or if you smoke, have high blood pressure or other indicators), this is a great preventative step for your overall health.
CostThe test costs $99.
To ScheduleTest must be ordered by your doctor by calling Centralized Scheduling at (319) 861-7778.
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. Learn more on the variety of weight loss programs offered at Mercy.
A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best choices to help prevent or fight heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. The best heart-healthy diet includes heart-healthy (good) fats and limited (less-healthy/bad) fat, as well as foods with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Below are some good heart-healthy food choices to add to your grocery list and to eat regularly.
View our healthy recipe videos for recipes ideas and step-by-step cooking instructions and learn the health benefits of the ingredients from our dietitians. Learn more about Mercy’s nutrition education and counseling for guidance in sound nutrition.