Patient Success Stories
Area Resident Receives Peace of Mind from Cardiac Screening at Silver Cross Hospital
Since her grandparents and parents had heart disease, Manhattan resident Terri Dobson often wondered if she too would suffer from the same fate. With her family health history in mind, she was motivated to get a Baseline Cardiac Assessment at Silver Cross Hospital. “I knew for years I should get my heart checked based on the history of heart disease in my family, but when I learned about Silver Cross’ baseline cardiac risk assessment for only $40, I had no excuse not to get my heart checked out,” said 57 year-old Dobson. “I’m so grateful to the compassionate nurses who calmly talked me through the test and helped me relax. Thanks to having the cardiac screening, I now have peace of mind knowing my heart health.”
Photo Caption: Silver Cross Hospital employee Lisa Norrgran-Johnson, EKG technician, administers a test as part of a baseline cardiac screening to Manhattan resident Terri Dobson, whose results showed that she had an abnormal EKG which prompted her to have further cardiac testing.
Dobson’s EKG showed an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, which prompted her to follow-up for further testing with her family practice physician. Fortunately, these follow-up tests showed no problems, however, Dobson will continue monitoring her heart, since she had irregular results from the initial baseline cardiac assessment. Dobson also has made behavioral changes like exercising and eating better to make her heart healthier.
“Since heart disease is the number one leading killer of men and women, area residents should take care of themselves by getting a cardiac screening,” said Mary Tonelli, R.N., cardiac nurse at Silver Cross Hospital. “Terri’s experience is one example of the importance of having a baseline cardiac screening. By monitoring your heart and making behavioral changes, your heart health can improve.”
Take Care of Your Heart with a Cardiac Risk Assessment
Keep your heart running smoothly with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment. The $40 screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required. Those who call (815) 300-7076 to schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen or Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox will receive an I Matter card which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed.
Fortunately, there are ways to lower your risks for heart disease thru these simple steps:
According to the American Heart Association, having high blood pressure is one of the major risk factors. By exercising 20 to 30 minutes several days a week can lower your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
- Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Prevention and treatments for high blood pressure and cholesterol includes eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber, keeping a healthy weight, and getting regular exercise.
- Control Blood Sugar and Diabetes
Diabetes significantly increases your risk for heart disease. Maintaining a normal blood sugar most of the time can help reduce that risk.
- Stop Smoking
Smoking increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. People who smoke are four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers. The good news is, no matter how long or how much you’ve smoked, if you quit, your risk for heart disease decreases soon after.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
People who have excess body fat-especially at the waist-are more likely to develop heart disease even if there are no other risk factors. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean protein can help you lose weight. Avoiding trans fat and limiting saturated fat can directly reduce heart disease risks.
Putting yourself on your “to do” list and finding ways to defuse stress will help slow your breathing and heart rate as you lower your blood pressure.
Cardiac Services at Silver Cross
Silver Cross Hospital brings together advanced technology and the finest medical professionals to create an innovative and efficient approach to heart care. From prevention programs to aftercare, Silver Cross provides patients with everything they need to maintain a healthy heart. Cardiac patients receive expert education, diagnosis, treatment, professional consultation, and rehabilitative care. From state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization suites to accredited programs for Echocardiography and Cardiac Rehab, Silver Cross offers a wide range of comprehensive services to expertly diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate heart disease. For a referral to a cardiologist on staff at Silver Cross, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325) or visit www.silvercross.org.
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