When it comes to offering excellent patient care, experience is a must. No one knows this better than the team of doctors at Marion Heart Associates, P.A.
This group of professionals has been serving Marion County for over 20 years. Internist Dr. Kriti Kumari, who specializes in women’s health, tells us a little about what women need to know about heart health.
What are some ways women’s health differs from men’s?
The female patients in my care deal with slightly different health issues than male patients. Women are more at risk for getting osteoporosis and twice more likely to suffer from depression than men. And, women suffering with depression are more likely to be obese, to smoke or to have unhealthy cholesterol levels, all of which are risk factors for heart disease.
What should women know about heart health?
Being a woman, I see a lot of female patients. I realize that I can play a vital role in helping with the primary prevention of disease. And with heart disease and stroke being the No. 1 cause of death in women, all women should know their risk for heart disease and stroke. My patients are educated about their blood pressure, cholesterol, fasting glucose, BMI and waist circumference numbers. These numbers determine your risk factor, and being aware is the first step in taking care of it.
What are some of the benefits of being a patient of Marion Heart Associates?
When it comes to stroke prevention, it’s important to take quick action after receiving abnormal carotid artery ultrasound results. At Marion Heart Associates, the ultrasound is performed right in the office, and our in-office cardiologist works quickly to make the proper diagnosis and implement treatment. If your primary care physician and cardiologist are located in two different practices, it may take as many as 10-15 days for review, interpretation and recommendation by the cardiologist. In the case of an impending stroke in women or men, swift action saves lives!
Kriti Kumari, M.D.
Marion Heart Associates, P.A.
Main Office: 1805 SE Lake Weir Ave., Ocala
Jasmine Plaza Office: 7750 SW 60th Ave., Suite B, Ocala
Summerfield Office: 10369 SE 175th Place Rd., Suite 200, Summerfield
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