Heart & Vascular Services
Heart & Vascular Health Education
*Heart disease is America's #1 killer. More lives are claimed each year by cardiovasular dieseases, including heart disease and stroke, then the next seven leading causes of death combined. Simply put, your heart is the organ responsible for keeping the rest of your body going. It pumps blood continuously through your network of arteries and veins, each day beating some 100,000 times and pumping 2,000 gallons of blood. If your heart begins to malfunction, the effects on your body are immediate. And often life-threatening.
That's the bad news. But there is good news. There are many risk factors for heart disease that are within your control. That's why the best way to prevent heart disease is to fully understand those factors that increase your risk. No one can do a better job of taking care of your heart and circulation system than you. By taking just a little bit of time to educate yourself you can make better, healthier choices and reduce your risk of developing heart or vascular disease. We have compiled several resources to help you become a more informed, empowered patient and better able to work closely with your Mercy Heart and Vascular Center doctors and specialists.
See the links to your left.*Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.