Cardiac Services

Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Saint Mary Campus

2233 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
312-770-2460
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Leaders in Heart Care

Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center offers comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services for patients experiencing heart problems. Many services are available around the clock for patients who may need emergency medical care.

We offer a wide spectrum of Cardiac Services provided by highly skilled cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and staff who understand the needs of our patients. Our facilities feature state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosing and treating heart problems, including a 64-slice CT scan, a state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab, a new Cardiac Catheterization Lab, new Cardiac MRI equipment that provides unprecedented speed and image quality, and much more.

We are pleased to announce that our Echocardiography Lab became the first in the Resurrection Health Care System, and one of a few in the Chicagoland area, to be granted accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center's prides itself on a friendly, multicultural staff who understand the needs of our patients. We offer personalized treatment programs in collaboration with primary care physicians to make sure you receive the best care possible.

Some of the comprehensive services we offer are:

  • Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Services. Computerized electrocardiograms (ECG). A non-invasive test that records the electrical activity of the heart while the patient is lying down.
  • Holter monitoring or ambulatory electrocardiography. A non-invasive test in which a patient wears a portable monitor that shows the electrical activity of the heart (ECG) while moving throughout the day and resting at night.
  • Treadmill stress test. A non-invasive test that records the electrical activity of the heart (ECG) while the patient is exercising on a treadmill.
  • Nuclear scan thallium treadmill stress test. A procedure similar to the treadmill stress test with the addition of a special fluid injected into the bloodstream following exercise so that physicians can visualize the heart function.
  • Echocardiography. A non-invasive procedure using ultrasonic waves to examine the heart and project images of it on a monitor. Transesophageal echocardiography and exercise echocardiography are also available.
  • Cardiac catheterization. There are advanced laboratories to perform cardiac catheterizations, also known as coronary angiography. This invasive examination helps the cardiologist detect blockages of the coronary arteries. Balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting, coronary atherectomy (rotablation) and intracoronary ultrasound services are also available.
  • Pacemaker Implant Services. A comprehensive pacemaker implant program is offered with the most advanced monitoring equipment. With sophisticated monitoring equipment, patients with pacemakers can be checked via telephone from across the country. This long term event monitoring can detect an array of heart-related medical problems.
  • Cardiac Surgery. Services include coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement and pacemaker implant.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Services. There is a three-phase, individually tailored program of moderate exercise and health education designed to help patients strengthen their cardiovascular system, reverse or slow down heart disease and decrease the chances of developing further problems.
  • Support Group. A support group is available for patients who have experienced cardiovascular problems and need a source of educational and emotional support.

Our Cardiologists

64-Slice CT Scan

The medical center’s new LightSpeed VCT Computed Tomography (CT) imaging system provides high resolution images of the human body quickly and allows doctors to more accurately diagnose a wider variety of patient conditions.

CT exams are used when people are ill or injured, or when a physician suspects a medical problem that is not easily detectable from a conventional physical examination.

This addition complements and extends the advanced range of quality diagnostic services the medical center offers community residents with improved image quality and imaging speed. The new technology features software that enables technologists to give instructions to patients in English, Spanish, Polish or Ukrainian.

Electrophysiology Lab

For irregular heartbeats, our new state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Lab allows our expert team of heart rhythm specialists to precisely map the heart’s electrical system. When the problem is found, patients can often be treated with minimally invasive techniques such as catheter ablation.

Treating Arrhythmias

The cardiologists at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center provide a wide range of options to cure and manage arrhythmias through our new Electrophysiology Lab and Arrhythmia Clinic as well as our full-service Pacemaker and Defibrillator Clinics.

The latest diagnostics and treatments are available, including:

  • Catheter ablation
  • Resynchronization therapy
  • Defibrillators and pacemakers
  • Arrhythmia management
  • Expert inpatient consultation

Facts

  • Of the 250,000 cardiac deaths per year – most are thought to be ventricular fibrillation.
  • One-out-of three people faint in their lives.
  • 780,000 annual hospital admissions are due to arrhythmias.

Electrophysiology Doctors

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Our new cardiac catheterization lab, along with other advances, features fully digital angiography. Physicians are provided a real-time image with greater detail, less radiation exposure, a much larger field of view and less distortion as they guide catheters and other medical devices through blood vessels.

Cardiac catheterization is a special test done to look at the arteries that feed the heart. The test involves the passage of a very long narrow, hollow tube to the heart or to the blood vessels that nourish the heart. This tube is called a catheter. To get the tube to the heart, it is passed through a blood vessel in the arm or the groin. A cardiac catheterization test is usually done in a hospital or a special laboratory.

It is an accurate way to gather information about the heart. Your health care provider can use the information to diagnose and treat heart problems effectively.

Preparing for a procedure

To prepare for the procedure, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything for at least 12 hours before the test. You will be given medication to relax you, but you will be awake for the procedure. You will also be given a shot to numb the area where the catheter is inserted.

During this procedure, the heart activity is monitored and the blood flow in the heart is measured. Instruments can be passed through the catheter to treat the heart or its blood vessels.

During a cardiac catheterization procedure, an angiogram may be performed. An angiogram is the injection of a special dye into the heart or its blood vessels that shows up on an x-ray. The dye is injected through the catheter. The procedure identifies any blockage in the coronary arteries, the blood vessels that supply the heart. The angiogram can also show how the heart is beating and how the blood flows through the heart. There may be some bruising or discomfort at the site of the catheter entry.

Cardiac catheterization and angiogram are safe procedures with minimal risks. Some people can be allergic to the dye used during an angiogram. If you have ever had a reaction to a test that involves x-ray dyes, even a gall bladder test, you should tell your provider.

After the procedure, a swollen bruise may appear where the catheter was inserted. The area may be sore for a few days. You will be instructed to avoid strenuous activity for a few days in order to prevent bleeding at the site.

If you or someone in your family needs one of these tests, ask your provider to discuss the risks and benefits of the test with you.

If you have questions about this subject or need to locate a doctor to help you, call 877-RES-INFO (737-4636).

Cardiac MRI

The latest advance in magnetic resonance imaging, our new MRI provides unprecedented speed and image quality. Patients experience shorter, more comfortable exams while physicians have extremely accurate results.

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The procedure is valuable in diagnosing a broad range of conditions in all parts of the body, including heart and vascular disease, stroke, cancer and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods.

Magnetic resonance imaging is becoming very important in the initial diagnosis and subsequent management of coronary heart disease. MRI can help physicians to look closely at the structures and function of the heart and major vessels quickly and thoroughly, without the risks associated with traditional, more invasive procedures. Using MRI, physicians can examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart, and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease.

After a heart attack, for example, an MRI examination can help the cardiologist understand how well the heart is pumping, whether the flow of blood is blocked in any chamber or major vessel, whether the heart muscles are damaged or whether the lining of the heart is swelling. This is critical knowledge needed to administer prompt and effective treatment.

MRI can also detect the buildup of plaque and blockages in the blood vessels, making it an invaluable tool for detecting and evaluating coronary artery disease. Recently, specialists in MRI have demonstrated its potential for showing not only the structure, but also the function of the heart muscles, valves and vessels. Using MRI, they have created movie-like images of the beating heart that doctors can use to diagnose a variety of cardiovascular problems. More and more, MRI is being used as part of the traditional cardiac stress test to help physicians with earlier diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and to assess the patient’s recovery after treatment.

If you have questions about this subject or need to locate a doctor to help you, call 877-RES-INFO (737-4636).


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