According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Rexford Agbenohevi, MD, and the team at Mercy Clinic in Cookeville, Tennessee, are committed to preventing, diagnosing, and holistically treating all forms of heart disease. If you have heart or vascular disease, they can help decrease your risks of serious complications like heart attack and stroke. For expert care, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Heart disease is an umbrella term referring to a group of disorders that affect the heart and circulatory system. It includes conditions that impact the function, blood vessels, structures, and rhythm of the heart, such as:
When you have any of these heart diseases, you are at significant risk for a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Heart attacks cause permanent injury to the muscle of the heart. In cardiac arrest, the heart stops pumping entirely, and blood flow ceases.
Heart disease also profoundly increases your risk for blood clots, stroke, kidney disease, and other chronic conditions. Ongoing preventive care and a healthy lifestyle can help protect you from these severe complications.
There are both preventable and non-preventable risk factors for heart disease. Irreversible risk factors include male gender, African-American heritage, 55 years of age or older, Type 1 diabetes, and family history of heart disease.
A healthy lifestyle, consistent preventive care, and expert primary care may help you reduce reversible risk factors such as:
If you have risk factors for heart disease, the Mercy Clinic team offers expert assessment, ongoing monitoring, knowledgeable diagnosis, lifestyle coaching, and holistic treatments.
You may have a form of heart disease if you have symptoms such as:
If you have these symptoms, it's essential to seek an evaluation by your primary care provider. Dr. Agbenohevi and his team commit to supporting you in lowering your risks, protecting your health, and decreasing your chances for heart attack and stroke.
For an expert evaluation of your heart health, call or schedule an appointment with Mercy Clinics today.