Listen to your heart, warn doctors at Mercy Health – The Heart Institute

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Doctors at Mercy Health are warning: listen to your heart. By raising awareness of the symptoms of a heart attack, they hope to reduce the number of deaths caused by heart disease each year.

"Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationwide," said Tim Brennan, MD, a cardiologist with Mercy Health – The Heart Institute . "In Ohio, more than a quarter of the fatalities are caused by heart disease. Never ignore the messages your heart is sending."

Don't wait to get help . During a heart emergency, seconds count.

Treatment is available 24/7 through  the six hospitals in the Mercy Health network as well as the Mercy Health Medical Centers in Harrison and Mt. Orab. Doctors from The Heart Institute practice at each of these locations.

Is it a Heart Attack?

The most common symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Less Pain, More Quality of Life

Treating heart disease has never been easier on patients. Primary care physicians are catching the warning signs earlier and referring patients to The Heart Institute. Many people are receiving care, before their health deteriorates significantly. Drug therapies have reduced the number of people who actually need surgery.

"Catching problems early enables us to intervene in less invasive ways," said Dr. Brennan. "Fewer people are needing open heart surgery or coronary stents and angioplasty now than in the past."

Word has gotten out about prevention too. Fewer people are smoking. People with diabetes are receiving education about how to better manage the disease.

"Partner with your doctor," Dr. Brennan advises. "It doesn't work without you. You have to take charge of making healthy decisions. That begins with listening to what your heart is telling you."

Advanced Compassionate Care in Your Neighborhood

Mercy Health – The Heart Institute was founded to help heart patients be well—delivering exceptional care with compassion. Mercy Health provides premier healthcare through more than 100 locations, with 9,000 employees and more than 2,000 affiliated physicians and providers.

Nationally ranked for quality care, Anderson Hospital, Clermont Hospital and Fairfield Hospital are rated among the 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. In 2011 , Fairfield Hospital ranked among the Top 50 Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care according to Thompson Reuters.

By delivering specialized care to patients in locations close to where they live, The Heart Institute has removed some of the barriers to getting treatment. Patients spend less time and gas traveling to and from appointments.

In addition to offering preventative care, The Heart Institute is pioneering the latest technologies and treatments for heart disease.

Premier Diagnostic, Testing, Treatment and Procedures

The organization's diagnostic and testing services include:

  • 64-slice cardiac CT angiography (CTA)
  • Cardiac nuclear testing
  • Cholesterol blood test
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies
  • Holter and 30-Day Event Monitoring and Analysis
  • Non-invasive vascular disease testing including peripheral CT angiography
  • Stress tests

Some of the treatments and procedures offered are:

  • Cardiac biopsies
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Coronary angioplasty, atherectomy and stenting
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Percutaneous (minimally invasive) closure of atrial septal defect/patent foramen ovale (PFO)
  • Peripheral vascular angiography and stenting
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implants and replacement
  • Sclerotherapy and endovenous laser therapy
  • Surgical/non-surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation
  • Valve repair and replacement

Mercy Health has been serving Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods for more than 160 years. At The Heart Institute, and throughout the entire organization, serving patients is a priority. The organization is committed to delivering on the promise of making each and every patient's life better—including mind, body and spirit—and making healthcare easy, so patients can enjoy their lives.

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