K Gay. Purcell, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursMid America Internal Medicine
1325 S Noland
Independence, MO 64055
- BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas
- BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Coventry Health Care
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Humana Health Plan
- Preferred Health Professionals
- United Healthcare
- Centerpoint Medical Center
Can a mast cell activation disorder make heart disease worse?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredA spate of recent laboratory studies supports the participation of mast cells in atherosclerosis and in arterial aneurysm formation. Most of these studies derived from observations in mice and using biomarkers of mast cell activation in humans. But direct evidence that mast cells aggravate human cardiovascular disease remains scant. General advice is to heed current guidelines regarding cardiovascular prevention assiduously to minimize any excess risk you might have from an underlying mast cell activation disorder.
What is a spinal cord injury specialist?
Spinal cord injury specialists are rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of people who have spinal cord injuries. A person is referred to a spinal cord injury specialist because of spinal cord disease or a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injury specialists can be board-certified through the Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© Healthwise, Incorporated.
What is a patient advocate?
A patient advocate is a person who will help someone navigate through the often complex world of healthcare. The advocate will make sure you understand what procedures you are getting done, where to get them, and who to speak with for answers. The person is your ally and assists you in receiving the best quality patient-centered care.
Remember, everyone in your medical team should be an advocate for you. Physicians, nurses, therapists, and dieticians should make sure you are receiving the best quality care and that you understand every action, every procedure, and possible side effects of each. The advocate is your educator, protector, and voice to ensure you have the safest care with the best possible outcomes.
See all Kidney Disease questions