Dr. Hina Ghafoor is a Board Certified primary care doctor who cares for patients of the Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Westminster and Eldersburg communities at Mercy Personal Physicians at Reisterstown.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, includes disorders that cause inflammation of the intestines. IBD is treated at Mercy by expert gastroenterologists.
Pulmonologists at The Lung Center at Mercy treat patients with lung conditions including COPD, lung cancer and interstitial lung disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
This 3D medical animation explains hyperlipidemia, commonly known as “high cholesterol.” The animation includes common diet and lifestyle treatments as well as cholesterol-lowering medications.
The doctors at The Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, work with patients to diagnose dyslipidemia and determine the most effective treatment for returning blood cholesterol levels to the normal range. Our cardiologists help educate patients on how to maintain healthy lifestyles and lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease in the future.
Dyslipidemia is an abnormality in the amounts of lipids and lipoproteins in the blood. These are usually simply called “blood cholesterol levels.” Total blood cholesterol that is too high increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.
The body uses cholesterol to protect nerves, make cell tissue and produce certain hormones. Most cholesterol in the body is made by the liver, and more comes from the food you eat.
Risk factors for dyslipidemia include:
Dyslipidemia can develop over a long period of time without any symptoms. Most people are not aware that they have a high cholesterol level until it is found during a routine physical exam. Blood cholesterol levels rise somewhat as people age. Cholesterol levels are a bit higher for men, but also increase in women after menopause.
Total blood cholesterol is composed of the following parts:
A blood test will show the levels of the different parts of the total blood cholesterol. Cholesterol testing should occur on a regular basis beginning in early middle age. These are the current guidelines for blood cholesterol levels:
Lifestyle changes can have a good effect on total cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of disease. Sometimes these changes are enough to get blood cholesterol numbers back into their normal ranges, and no other treatment is necessary. Lifestyle changes can include:
When lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough, medications can be prescribed:
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. Robert Zawodny, a Board Certified cardiologist, diagnoses and treats 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.