Patient Information

 

One of our goals at Angels of Mercy is to best enable our patients to have the greatest command of their health. We hope to help our patients to become their own advocates who are able to make informed life-style changes to improve their personal well-being. We hope that our patients can utilize the resources found below to improve their health and understand the resources available to them beyond the walls of Angels of Mercy.


When you eat, your food is broken down into a type of sugar called glucose.

Glucose is used by the body to make the energy it needs to do work. To turn glucose into energy, however, the body needs insulin.

When you have type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin.  Without enough insulin, the glucose from your food stays in your blood, where it causes damage to the body.

There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but it can be managed. Improving your diet, exercising and taking medicine proscribed by your doctor can keep your blood glucose in a healthy range.  Many people with diabetes are able to live long and healthy lives.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a a condition where the blood pressure in a person’s arteries is too high. Chronic high blood pressure causes the walls of the arteries to be overstretched.

High blood pressure often leads to heart attack, heart failure, stroke and kidney failure. High blood pressure can also permanently damage your heart, brain, eyes and kidneys before you see any physical symptoms.

There are a number of actions that can be taken to prevent and manage hypertension, including:

  • Be physically active
  • Comply with prescribed medication
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Manage stress
  • Avoid tobacco smoke
  • Limit alcohol consumption

Every Woman’s Life

VCU Financial Assistance Program
The VCU Health System provides financial assistance to patients based on their income, assets, and needs. The VCU Health System offers access to a variety of specialists beyond the scope of primary care.

Lion’s Club Eye Care
Provides eye exams, eyeglasses, hearing exams, hearing aids, diabetes, and youth activities for individuals in financial need
Ask for an application at our front desk.