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Expert Heart Care, Close to Home

Heart issues happen. You don't have to face them alone or face a lengthy car ride to get the care you need. The world-class team of cardiologists and advanced practice professionals at Meritus will provide you with the best coordinated care available no matter the level of treatment needed. 

Whether you need periodic check-ups for an arrhythmia, or have a complex condition needing interventional cardiology expertise, Meritus provides expert heart care, close to home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac disease in pregnancy
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetic heart disease
  • Geriatric cardiology
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Women's Heart Health

Heart disease refers to conditions that can affect how your heart works. Arteries supply blood to the heart muscle and brain. When there is a buildup of plaque containing cholesterol inside the artery walls, the arteries begin to narrow or become blocked resulting in a decrease in blood flow. This accumulation of plaque in the arteries can cause:

  • Heart attack: This condition occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked by a blood clot. The lack of blood flow or oxygen may cause part of the heart muscle to die.
  • Heart failure: Sometimes called congestive heart failure, means the heart is working, but it is not pumping enough blood to meet your body’s needs.

Your physician may detect signs of heart disease before your symptoms occur; however, pay close attention to these warning signs:

Heart attack symptoms:

  • Chest pain or uncomfortable pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the neck, jaw, throat or back
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating

Heart failure symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Chronic coughing or wheezing
  • Swelling of the abdomen, legs, ankles, and feet
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • High heart rate

Your chance of developing heart disease increases if you have some of the risk factors below:

  • Advancing age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Stress
  • Poor dental hygiene

Your health is an ongoing commitment between you and your doctor. Get regular medical checkups and have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly. Follow these guidelines or those that you develop with your physician to manage your heart disease:

  • Control your blood pressure. Aim for less than 120/80 mm Hg.
  • Lower your cholesterol. Total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL.
  • If you are diabetic, monitor your blood glucose level daily and aim for a hemoglobin A1c of 7 percent or less.
  • If you are overweight, work with your physician to achieve gradual weight loss through diet and exercise.
  • Don't smoke. If you smoke, sign up for a smoking cessation class.
  • Limit alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.
  • Manage stress by incorporating deep breathing exercises, physical activity or meditation into your day.
  • Practice good dental hygiene by brushing your teeth daily and flossing regularly. See a dentist annually.

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