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Dr. Purvi Parikh Gives Attentive and Life-Saving Care to Patient
Dr. Parikh and her patientAfter being referred by her primary care provider in Bowling Green, Missouri a year and a half ago, Patricia Sinapole came to see Dr. Purvi Parikh, Endocrinologist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, about her health concerns. Pat, who was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes 14 years ago, was having difficulty keeping her blood sugar under control. “Within a week of seeing Dr. Purvi Parikh, my blood sugar levels were finally in a good place and I felt so much better,” she explained.

Becoming a patient of Dr. Parikh transformed her health completely. “Without Dr. Parikh, I would not be here today,” said Pat. “First of all, she changed my medications to treat me and my disease - not just my symptoms - which made a huge difference in how I felt; it was like night and day. Secondly, during an exam, Dr. Parikh noticed an odd sound in my carotid artery (on the left side of my neck) and sent me to a pre-cautionary CT scan which would end up saving my life.” Through that CT scan, Dr. Parikh found that Pat’s carotid artery was 99% blocked. After this discovery, Pat underwent surgery to have the artery cleared. Now, along with Dr. Parikh, she is keeping a watchful eye on the carotid artery on her right side, which also has some blockage, so she doesn’t have another close call like before. “I had seen four other physicians who did not notice anything wrong, but Dr. Parikh noticed, and she is the reason I am still here,” stated Ms. Sinapole.

“I would recommend everyone I know to come see the providers here,” stated Pat. “They are so nice and if I really need to see them, they make sure to get me in as soon as they can. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Here are 12 Risk Factors for Developing Heart Disease
Cardiology Hannibal, MOWhile many of the risk factors for heart disease listed below are well known, some may surprise you.  Read through the list and see how many apply to you. If you have more than a couple, then it may be time to see a cardiologist and find out what you can do to reduce your risk. 


Risk factors for developing heart disease include:

  • Age. Aging increases your risk of damaged and narrowed arteries, as well as weakened or thickened heart muscle.
  • Gender. Men are generally at greater risk of heart disease. However, women's risk increases after menopause.
  • Family history. A family history of heart disease increases your risk of coronary artery disease, especially if a parent developed it at an early age (before age 55 for a male relative, such as your brother or father, and 65 for a female relative, such as your mother or sister).
  • Smoking. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, and carbon monoxide can damage their inner lining, making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis. Heart attacks are more common in smokers than in non-smokers.
  • Poor diet. A diet that's high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease.
  • High blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in hardening and thickening of your arteries, narrowing the vessels through which blood flows.
  • High cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol in your blood can increase the risk of formation of plaques and atherosclerosis.
  • Diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease. Both conditions share similar risk factors, such as obesity and high blood pressure.
  • Obesity. Excess weight typically worsens other risk factors.
  • Physical inactivity. Lack of exercise also is associated with many forms of heart disease and some of its other risk factors as well.
  • Stress. Unrelieved stress may damage your arteries and worsen other risk factors for heart disease.
  • Poor hygiene. Not regularly washing your hands and not establishing other habits that can help prevent viral or bacterial infections can put you at risk of heart infections, especially if you already have an underlying heart condition. Poor dental health also may contribute to heart disease.
     
    Heart disease, detected early, can be improved — or even prevented — by making certain lifestyle changes. Call today and make an appointment to see a cardiologist in a heartbeat. Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s Cardiology Team accepts patients in a heartbeat because we put patients first. No referral needed. When it comes to matters of the heart, our compassion and clinical expertise go hand in hand. We believe in guiding you to BETTER.
     
    If you are concerned about your risk for heart disease, Call 573-629-3300, to schedule your appointment with a cardiologist.

New Doctors at Hannibal Regional
The Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is excited to welcome four new physicians to the Hannibal Regional Medical Group. As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri. With 42 providers including physicians and nurse practitioners, we offer services ranging from general family practice to specialized medical needs. Our dedication to guiding you to better keeps us growing and expanding our expertise through finding new physicians that are highly competent in their fields. Our newest physicians will be joining our Pulmonology, and Internal Medicine specialties this June. 

Sivatej Sarva, MDSivatej Sarva, M.D., Ph.D.

“I come from a small coal mining town in south India. Resources were inadequate for the management of many lung diseases like tuberculosis, COPD and lung cancer which were common in our town,” Dr. Sarva explained to us. “Many of my childhood friends became coal miners because the bread earners in their family were already sick and the burden of supporting their family fell on them too early. Because of seeing these circumstances, I spent all of my life working towards becoming an expert in treating these lung problems which are not limited to my home town but prevalent in communities across the world. Every day I treat a patient and make them breathe better, I feel like I have not only made the quality of life of that patient better but also helped in reducing the emotional and financial burden of a family. That's why I love what I do and wake up every day excited to meet patients and their families.” Sivatej Sarva received his Ph. D. in Molecular Sciences from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2008. He then went on to participate in a rotating fellowship in Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infectious Diseases in 2009 at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. From there, Dr. Sarva practiced in a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine from 2011 - 2014. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine as well as Critical Care Medicine. He will be accompanying Dr. Pranav Parikh, M.D., in Pulmonology. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarva, call (573) 629-3400.

Hassan Behniay, MDHassan Behniay, M.D.

Dr. Hassan completed his undergraduate magna cum laude from the University of Toledo, and completed his medical schooling from the University of Toledo Medical Center.  After finishing  his residency in 2009, he then went on to practice at the Family Health Centers in Kentucky and Mississippi. “Visiting the Hannibal community, I found it nice, friendly, and a quiet environment to raise my young children, far from the anxiety and problems of a big city,” Dr. Hassan told us. He also stated, “I have joined the Hannibal Regional Medical Group with great excitement because I found it an updated and well-equipped organization, with excellent supporting staff. This helped to show me my ultimate potential as a physician to have a positive impact on the health of the Hannibal community in general. Through various preventive health care and services at Hannibal Regional Hospital, I am sure we will achieve the common goal of improved health of the Hannibal community.” While practicing here at Hannibal Regional, Dr. Hassan Behniay would prefer to be referred to as Dr. Hassan to lessen confusion between him and his older brother. He will be accompanying John Greving, DO, and Kim Peters, ANP-BC, in Internal Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hassan, call (573) 629-3400.

Hossein Behniaye, MDHossein Behniaye, M.D.

Dr. Behniaye, graduated from medical school at the University of Toledo in 2007. From there he went on to his residency at the Toledo Hospital from 2007 - 2010. After completing his residency, Dr. Behniaye, went to practice at the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc.“As a physician I have the privilege, and with it enormous responsibility and challenge, of providing the best, the safest, the most compassionate and individualized medical care for my patient,” Dr. Behniaye explained when we asked him why he loves his profession. He went on to elaborate, “as such I could also affect the lives of my patient’s current and future generations. Such challenges, each with varying degrees of investigation and care, provide me with a fulfilling and satisfying life as it paves the road of my contribution to the betterment of humankind beyond and above my lifetime.”  He will be accompanying Adam Samaritoni, DO, and Kim Shaw, FNP-BC, in Family Practice. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Behniaye, call (573) 629-3400.

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