Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Knee replacement surgery is offered at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. The orthopedic team at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy offer innovative technology for knee replacement surgery.
The Gynecologic Oncology Center is a long-standing leader in women's cancer treatment. Mercy Medical Center is the recipient of numerous awards in Women's Health.
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Atherosclerosis is a disease in which fatty material, called plaque, can build up in the arteries and block the flow of blood. Atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries of the heart can cause a heart attack.
The cardiac specialists at The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of atherosclerosis. Our doctors will work with you to determine the best course of treatment and will help you to understand how to modify your lifestyle to maintain a healthy heart.
Atherosclerosis is an abnormal condition in which fats, calcium and cell waste products form deposits (plaques or atheromas) on the inner walls of arteries. It is a type of arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, where artery walls become thick and lose the ability to stretch. Plaque formation narrows arteries and can decrease or completely block blood flow. When atherosclerosis affects the arteries of the heart, it’s called coronary artery disease.
Risk factors for atherosclerosis include:
Atherosclerosis develops gradually over many years, sometimes even beginning in childhood. Usually there are not symptoms until later in life when it is well advanced and causing complications in different parts of the body. Some of these complications may include:
Blood cholesterol tests can reveal whether total cholesterol levels are abnormal (dyslipidemia). Other tests may be performed as needed to identify the exact nature and location of complications.
Untreated atherosclerosis can lead to coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and stroke.
Treatment is aimed at returning blood cholesterol levels to the normal range through a combination of medications and lifestyle adjustments.
Medications may include:
Lifestyle adjustments may include:
Other treatments will be determined by any complications of atherosclerosis that are found.
The cardiologists of The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, diagnose and treat heart diseases including coronary artery disease (CAD), heart attack and high blood pressure. Mercy's heart doctors take a comprehensive approach to treating patients through physical examinations and thorough testing using arrhythmic monitoring, cardiac catheterization, cardioversion, consultative cardiology, electrocardiogram (EKG), pacemaker, stress testing and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE).
Dr. Mark Applefeld, Chief of the Division of Cardiology, helps patients with heart problems, including heart attack, heart murmur and heart disease.
The story of a patient who forms a relationship with Mercy's doctors that spans over 20 years.