Cardiology is the branch of medicine that deals with diseases and abnormalities of the heart. General cardiology is for patients seeking preventive cardiology care, treatment of common problems, medication, and consultation.
At Missouri Heart Center, we offer preventative care and treatment for common heart problems. Our cardiologists are dedicated to providing the finest quality care to cardiac patients. Our heart experts specialize in finding, treating, and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
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Any of the following might put you at risk for cardiovascular disease or heart problems:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- Inflammation of the gums
- Family history of heart problems
Signs you may have a heart problem or heart condition that needs to get checked out:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Stomach pain
- Pain that spreads to the arm
- Throat or jaw pain
- Easily exhausted
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At Missouri Heart Center, our cardiologists all share the same vision and desire to provide quality cardiac care in an efficient, compassionate, and comfortable setting. Our trained technicians and cardiologists specialize in performing procedures and evaluating the results to identify and treat common heart problems.
What is a cardiologist?
A cardiologist has specialized training in the diagnosis and management of diseases which affect the heart and blood vessels. All cardiologists have basic training in the recognition and treatment of these diseases, using non-invasive techniques (stress testing, ultrasound, and nuclear techniques). A large number will also have the ability to perform cardiac catheterization. At times, cardiologists may also perform advanced procedures.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances, called plaque. This slow process is known as atherosclerosis. If the plaque breaks open and a blood clot forms that blocks the blood flow, a heart attack occurs.
Risk factors for a heart attack:
- Smoking or daily exposure to secondhand smoke
- Past heart attack or known coronary artery disease
- Family history of heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Taking birth control pills and smoking
- Being overweight
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- A sedentary or inactive lifestyle