We’re Moving Heart Care Forward
At the AdventHealth Heart and Vascular Institute, we’re elevating heart care in Kansas City through safe and innovative procedures, rehab and recovery.
Our commitment to excellence has been recognized in many ways by national organizations, including the Joint Commission, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. AdventHealth Shawnee Mission is also an accredited Chest Pain Center and a Primary Stroke Center, delivering lifesaving care when it matters most.
We hold your care to the highest standards, so you can keep putting your heart into everything you do. Discover how we can serve you close to home.
Know Your Risk With the HEARTaware Assessment
When it comes to your heart health, it can take just a few small changes to make a big, positive impact. Here at AdventHealth, we offer HEARTaware, a free online heart disease risk assessment designed to help you identify your risk factors for developing heart disease. Click below to participate in this quick and free heart risk assessment.
Outpatient Entrance Update
The Copper Dome outpatient entrance at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission is currently closed for construction. Please enter via the main entrance for Lab, Radiology, Breast Center, Cardiology and Pre-Surgery services. Valet parking is available at the main entrance from 6 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday.
The Tools You Need For a Healthy, Active Life
- Risk Assessments for Cardiac Issues
- Advanced Diagnostic Tests to Begin Your Healing
- Leading-Edge Non-Surgical Heart Disease Treatments
- Proven Surgeries and Continued Heart Care
- We’re a Proud Supporter of Your Community’s Health
Be Informed About Potential Risk Factors
- Uncontrollable Factors
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Sugar
- Behavioral Factors
- Cholesterol and Weight
With vascular disease, there are some factors that simply cannot be controlled.
Age: Stroke risk doubles for each decade after age 55. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) risk increases after age 50.
Gender: Men are more likely to experience heart attack and stroke than pre-menopausal women.
Heredity: African Americans and Hispanics are at greater risk, as well as people with a family history of heart disease, stroke and PVD. Treating, reducing or eliminating the risk factors that can be controlled decrease your chance of experiencing heart attack, stroke or PVD.
Read more about uncontrollable risk factors and genetic heart conditions so you can be informed.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the leading risk factors for heart attack, stroke and peripheral vascular disease (PVD). High blood pressure places additional stress on artery walls and can damage the lining of these walls, causing them to form a blockage or blood clot.
Remember, if your doctor has prescribed a blood pressure medication, don’t stop taking it. Not taking your medication elevates your blood pressure and significantly increases your risk. Weight control, reducing salt intake, regular exercise and taking prescribed medication will help you control your blood pressure.
Click here to read more about the five main blood pressure ranges, how to read your numbers and more.
Having diabetes puts you at increased risk for vascular disease. Diabetes can be controlled by following a recommended diet, controlling weight, monitoring blood sugars, exercising and taking medications as prescribed.
Take a healthy step by reading about foods that lower blood sugar and help you manage diabetes well.
Stress: The key to reducing stress is learning how to manage your response to stressful situations. Chronic stress is known to increase heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Smoking: In addition to harming the lungs and causing cancer, smoking also injures blood vessel walls, speeds up hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), increases the workload on your heart and elevates blood pressure. The good news is that if you stop smoking today, your risk factor for vascular disease greatly decreases within two years.
Alcohol: Drinking large amounts of alcohol and binge drinking have been associated with an increased risk for vascular disease.
Click here to read how healthy habits like a simple morning walk can do wonders for your health.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance essential to all of the cells in your body. Normally, your liver produces all the cholesterol you require. Eating foods high in cholesterol and saturated fats will increase blood vessel damage. Being overweight strains the entire circulatory system and causes higher cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes, which increase your risk for vascular disease.
Eating a well-balanced diet low in cholesterol, saturated fats and salt will help you control your weight and maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Medications may also be prescribed to reduce cholesterol when dietary control is not adequate.
Click here to read more about cholesterol tests and insights they can offer about your heart health.
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Expert, Whole-Hearted Care For Your Whole Life
Breaking down barriers to better heart health. That’s what multidisciplinary care means to us. Our Care Coordinators can connect you to the local nutrition, exercise, and surgical experts who can help you feel better and feel whole as you continue your journey to wellness. From helping with medication management to supporting your rehabilitation progress, our approach to care is simple: We’re here to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be.