Cardiology Testing and Procedures
Little Company of Mary provides various diagnostic cardiac testing and many procedures, including cardiac catheterization using digital imaging, all types of stress testing and other tests routinely available at major medical centers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and biventricular pacemakers. These tests and procedures enable physicians at Little Company to diagnose coronary artery disease and provide crucial treatment within a short time. Outpatient exams are read and interpreted within 24 hours of an exam. Hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment for testing or procedures requested by your physician, please call 708.499.8550.
Little Company of Mary is able to perform emergent and elective angioplasties for patients who suffer from blocked arteries as part of a registry program that started with Johns Hopkins? Atlantic Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team (C-PORT) in 2000. Under the direction of interventional cardiologist, Dan Rowan, D.O. Little Company of Mary became the first Illinois hospital to participate in this registry and have successfully performed numerous angioplasties in emergencies where time is critical.
This past September, the Hospital announced a new partnership with the American College of Cardiology Foundation's National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) a quality improvement program that will help improve hospital processes to further enhance this goal. Today, the NCDR is the most comprehensive, outcomes-based quality improvement program in the United States so patients can receive complete, quality and advanced cardiac care here at Little Company of Mary.
Don't wait another day, begin your start to the healthy heart. Choose from four low-cost heart screenings available to you.
Celebrate Red Dress Day
Celebrate Red Dress Day in Little Company of Mary fashion at the Celebrate the Heart of Women Event in Febraury. This event honors the spiritual side of women with a special liturgy and empowers women to make their own health a priority. Pamper yourself with a brunch, visit with friends and learn what you need to know to maintain your personal best cardiovascular health. Check back to register for this upcoming event.
What should you know about cardiovascular disease?
- The good news is it's never too late to modify your lifestyle
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States
- One in three women have some form of cardiovascular disease
- Since 1984, the number of cardiovascular disease deaths for women has exceeded those for men
Heart attack symptoms for women:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Shortness of breath. This often comes along with chest discomfort, but it can also occur before chest discomfort.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat
- Light-headedness, dizziness, fainting Risk Factors
- Blood cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes mellitus
- Tobacco use
- Physical inactivity
- Personal history
What can I do?
- Call 911 immediately if you experience symptoms
- Prevent and control high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
- Avoid tobacco
- Limit alcohol
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Conduct regular physical activity
- Adopt a low-fat diet with less than 30% of calories from fat and consume 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- Talk to your Little Company of Mary physician about your risk