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NAPERVILLE, IL – Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is encouraging tobacco and nicotine users to join millions of Americans in pledging to give up nicotine— for a few hours, for the day, or for longer— on Thursday, November 17, in honor of the nationwide event, the Great American Smokeout. 

MCI locations will have pledge jars and wooden hearts available for you to make a pledge (one heart= one hour without nicotine).

Smoking is the largest preventable risk factor of cardiovascular disease. Smoking causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke. A fourth of the deaths from heart disease each year can be linked directly to smoking. The connection is that cigarette smoke causes damage to the lining of the blood vessels.

Take next steps to level up your health, no matter where you are on your journey. Each quit attempt is a step forward.

Consult with your primary care provider to take the first step toward a tobacco-free life.

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Dr. Ann Davis

NAPERVILLE- Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is growing and expanding with a new location in South Plainfield at 16519 Illinois Route 59, where Dr. Ann R. Davis will see patients every Thursday beginning October 6.

This new location includes a larger waiting area than the previous Plainfield location, more exam rooms, and an overall larger space to accommodate patients during their visit.  

The current Plainfield location on 127th Street will now be closing and moving forward. Dr. Davis also sees patients at the MCI clinic in Naperville located at Edward Hospital at 801 S. Washington, 4th Floor.

To make an appointment or reschedule at the location of your choice, please call (630) 600-0700. 

September is PAD Month

NAPERVILLE- September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month, bringing attention to vascular disease in the legs. Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) diagnoses and treats this condition, marked by leg pain or cramping.

PAD occurs when peripheral arteries, most commonly in the legs, have plaque build-up or blockages, restricting blood flow. These blockages keep extremities and organs from receiving oxygenated blood. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, blocked arteries in the legs raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

One in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD, but many do not recognize the symptoms, or realize they should see a cardiologist for treatment. PAD is a common condition; however if left untreated, it can affect quality of life and lead to amputation. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most patients can manage the symptoms of PAD and avoid amputation or heart attacks.

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Ulcers/wounds that won’t heal
  • Pain or cramping in the legs
  • Discoloration of the legs/feet
  • Numbness or coldness in the legs/feet
  • Slow hair growth on the legs
  • Weak pulse in the legs
  • Pale, shiny skin

Those who are most at risk for PAD include anyone over the age of 50, especially African Americans; those who smoke or have smoked; and those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or a personal or family history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. 

A simple, painless ultrasound can test the blood flow in your legs to determine your risk of PAD. Click here to schedule an appointment or find a list of locations here.

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NAPERVILLE- Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Steven Lieberman and Dr. Tony DeMartini and to its team of cardiologists in Elmhurst and Naperville respectively.

Dr. Steven Lieberman is a cardiologist seeing patients at the MCI Elmhurst location. He has practiced cardiology since 1996. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is also a diplomate in cardiovascular disease. Dr. Lieberman attended the University of Illinois in Urbana, Illinois and the University of Illinois Chicago Medical School.

Dr. Tony DeMartini is an interventional cardiologist practicing at the MCI Naperville location. He has practiced cardiology since 1996 and specializes in the treatment of chronic total occlusions, when the coronary artery is completely blocked, needing specialized treatment to be opened. Dr. DeMartini graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

MCI is a leader in heart and vascular care, with more than 20 expert cardiologists who treat the entire vascular system. Click here to schedule an appointment today. 

NAPERVILLE- Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is changing the way cardiovascular care is delivered by opening a state-of-the-art, 24/7 Virtual Care Center located at 4201 Winfield Road, 4th floor, in Warrenville.

The MCI Virtual Care Center acts as a virtual hub of communication and cardiovascular care for patients and physicians. Leading the region in technological advancements, MCI’s Virtual Care Center enhances care options for our patients by providing state-of-the-art technology, increasing access to care, reducing costs and improving outcomes.

Services include 24/7 home monitoring, appointment scheduling, follow-up care, remote Coumadin monitoring, prescription refills and more. The VCC team is comprised of advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, medical assistants, telemetry technicians and more. This is in partnership with Edward-Elmhurst Health. 

Learn more about the MCI VCC here.

ELMHURST—Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is the first independent physician group in the region to offer cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scanning, now offering this service in both Naperville and Elmhurst.

This advanced cardiac testing offers clearer and sharper imaging, allowing physicians an improved tool for accurate patient diagnosis and the selection of the most appropriate treatment options.

“Cardiac PET images the heart muscle and provides improved accuracy, less radiation and increased efficiency in the detection of coronary artery disease compared to all current modes of nuclear stress testing,” explained Elmer Murdock, interventional cardiologist at MCI Elmhurst. “This is just one of the ways MCI remains committed to providing the latest advancements to our patients.” 

Pictured: The Midwest Cardiovascular Institute PET team in Elmhurst (L to R): Lucy Tahara, Mary Usry and Mary Catherine Howe

Benefits of PET scans include:

  • Faster than a traditional nuclear scan
  • Decreased radiation exposure
  • Increased sensitivity to limited blood flow
  • Increased sensitivity for those with large body mass
  • Less interference from soft tissue

To make an appointment with an MCI physician nearest you, click here. 

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NAPERVILLE- Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is now offering minimally-invasive treatments for varicose veins at its clinic in Naperville on the Edward Hospital campus at 801 South Washington Street, 4th floor. MCI interventional cardiologist Dr. Krishna Nagendran is offering comprehensive care, diagnosis and treatment for vein disease. 

Vein disease occurs when vein vessels become damaged or weak, and blood flows backwards causing the veins to stretch, swell and twist. Symptoms of vein disease include varicose veins, discoloration, itching, swelling, cramping, or pain. Visible veins may range in severity from mild spider veins to dark, swollen or bulging varicose veins which may become painful or lead to ulcers.

Pictured from left to right are Pratik Parikh, MD; Krishna Nagendran, MD; Ellen Reyonlds, RN; Lindzey Guidry, LPN; Eric Toups, RVT; Kathryn Kilker, RVT; Shayne Geronimo, LPN; and first patient-Julie Sacks.

Some cases of varicose veins can be treated through lifestyle modifications, however some may require further medical treatment to reduce symptoms or improve appearance. There are many in-clinic treatments to treat veins, including the use of both thermal and non-thermal therapies as well as ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. The most common treatment is radiofrequency ablation, a minimally-invasive procedure performed in the clinic which uses radio frequency energy to apply heat to the vein wall to close off the vein.

“Vein disease may not present itself until pain or skin problems develop,” explained Dr. Nagendran. “This disease progressively gets worse over time because of the backflow of blood, so it is important to consult a vein specialist if you have swollen or painful veins.”

Schedule a vein consult at MCI by calling 630-600-0700 or clicking here. 

NAPERVILLE—Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is the first independent physician group in the region to offer cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scanning. The PET/Computed Tomography (CT) machine is located on the Edward Hospital campus at 801 South Washington in Naperville, outside the south entrance in a diagnostic mobile unit.

Pictured from left to right are Brad Morales RT (N), Lora Motluck RN, patient Kerry Stuckey, and Andy Newton, CNMT. 

This advanced cardiac testing offers clearer and sharper imaging, allowing physicians an improved tool for accurate patient diagnosis and the selection of the most appropriate treatment options.

“Cardiac PET/CT is the latest in innovative technology designed to better diagnose our patients and provide more accurate treatment,” said Dr. Mark Goodwin, President of MCI. “The addition of this technology further advances our mission of providing the highest-quality cardiovascular care for our patients.”

Benefits of PET scans include:

  • Faster than a traditional nuclear scan
  • Decreased radiation exposure
  • Increased sensitivity to limited blood flow
  • Increased sensitivity for those with large body mass
  • Less interference from soft tissue

To learn more about cardiovascular diagnostic testing, or to make an appointment with an MCI physician nearest you, click here. 

Did you know that cardiology utilizes the power of ultrasound waves to visually monitor heart health? Ultrasound technology is an essential method for catching blood flow irregularities; organ changes; blood clots; and damage in the heart, veins, and other vital organs. Using ultrasound waves (or sonography) and a transducer, a sonographer can see within the patient’s body without painful, invasive means. These images allow your specialist to study the arteries and determine any health concerns. Here are the six types of ultrasound treatments we use at Midwest Cardiovascular Institute and how they can benefit our patients.

1. Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

The aorta transports blood from the heart throughout the rest of your body. High blood pressure, hardened arteries, trauma, and other issues can cause an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This occurs when the aorta becomes enlarged, leading to deep pain in the back or abdomen. An abdominal aorta ultrasound detects aneurysms and blockages in the aorta, near the diaphragm. Your doctor will then determine the best ways to prevent your aneurysm from rupturing. And, depending on the aneurysm’s size, they may recommend surgery.

2. Arterial Ultrasound

Using ultrasound imaging, a sonographer views the arteries in your arms and legs. They will observe the speed of blood flow and search for any blockages in your arteries. Arterial ultrasounds can also identify areas where the arteries are narrowing. If your doctor notices blood clots or damage in your veins, he can assess your condition and determine the best methods of treatment to prevent further damage or health risks.

3. Carotid Ultrasound

Your carotid arteries are located on the sides of your head and neck. These pump blood to your brain. When these arteries become blocked with plaque, patients develop carotid artery disease. This leaves them at greater risk of suffering a stroke. This may occur as a smaller scale stroke called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). Or, a blocked blood vessel may prevent blood flow to the brain, leading to an ischemic stroke. With a carotid duplex ultrasound, your specialist can see blockages in these arteries and then quickly determine a plan of treatment.

4. Echocardiogram 

With the use of ultrasound waves, cardiologists can view a picture of the patient’s heart. This helps uncover any structural abnormalities or irregularities in its beating pattern. While the size of one’s heart often correlates with the size of their body, some differentiation in size can occur. For example, an enlarged or thickened heart can indicate hypertrophy. Thanks to this ultrasound imaging, cardiologists can more quickly identify areas of damage.

5. Renal Artery Ultrasound

The renal arteries supply blood and oxygen from the aorta to the kidneys. When this flow is blocked or constricted, the kidneys are unable to receive the necessary nutrients for healthy function. A renal artery ultrasound uses Doppler technology to see through various thicknesses of tissue. This cardiovascular ultrasound allows your physician to notice any signs of renal artery stenosis, or obstruction of the kidneys that prevents proper waste elimination. Or if the renal artery is narrow, the patient is at higher risk of kidney failure or high blood pressure. With detailed imaging, patients can determine the right level of preventative measures or medical intervention needed to protect their kidney health.

6. What is a Venous Ultrasound

In cardiology, this form of ultrasound is used to view how easily blood flows through the veins. Your sonographer will observe any signs of blood clots as well as the direction of blood flow. This is especially effective for diagnosing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and establishing preventative measures against pulmonary embolism. For patients with varicose veins, a venous ultrasound can help distinguish damaged valves. Or if a patient needs a catheter placed into a vein, this can help to guide the needle. 

Schedule an Appointment for a Cardiology Ultrasound Today!

Cardiology uses many forms of advanced technology for patient care, including ultrasound for cardiovascular diagnostic testing. At Midwest Cardiovascular Institute, our physicians are dedicated to providing you with the highest-quality care. And with multiple clinic locations, you can find the closest and most convenient services for your needs. Contact your closest clinic or request an appointment online. Let us help you promote greater heart health, prevent damage and illness, and learn more about how you can live a healthy lifestyle!

July 2, 2021

MIDWEST CARDIOVASCULAR INSTITUTE OPENS IN NAPERVILLE AND ELMHURST

Edward-Elmhurst Health Announces New Partnership with Cardiovascular Logistics of Chicago

NAPERVILLE- Twenty of the most well-known cardiologists in Chicagoland have opened a new practice, Midwest Cardiovascular Institute, also known as MCI, with locations in Naperville and Elmhurst. The offices are located on the Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital campuses, the same offices where many of them have practiced for more than 20 years. 

“We could not be more excited to offer our patients improved access to the most-innovative, highest-quality, cardiovascular care,” said Dr. Mark Goodwin, interventional cardiologist at MCI Naperville and President of MCI. “We have invested in several initiatives to improve your experience as a patient, including faster access to schedule appointments. We look forward to seeing you soon in our new practice.”

Ribbon cuttings were held on July 1 to commemorate the opening of the two clinics. Clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Clinic locations are as follows with free parking and easy access. Please note that, though the clinic locations are the same, the phone numbers have changed.

MCI Naperville at Edward Hospital

801 S. Washington St., 4th floor

630-600-0700

MCI Elmhurst at Elmhurst Hospital

133 E. Brush Hill Rd., Suite 202

331-231-6200

Clinic locations also include Elmhurst-Schiller St., Addison and Oak Park (through Elmhurst Clinic) as well as clinics in Plainfield, Sandwich and Yorkville.

“We have been incredibly fortunate to provide innovative treatment for cardiovascular disease in the Naperville and Elmhurst communities for more than 30 years,” said Dr. John Cahill, interventional cardiologist at MCI Elmhurst. “We are reopening with a renewed purpose and vision to increase access to our cardiology team.” 

MCI cardiologists diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including heart disease, valve disease, peripheral artery disease and venous disease in the legs, as well as advanced heart failure, arrhythmias and lipid management. The clinic offers same-day consultations, diagnostic services such as cardiac PET, nuclear medicine, cardiac and vascular ultrasound, and cardiac rhythm monitoring. 

Cardiologists practicing at MCI Naperville are Drs. Mark Goodwin, William Stephan, Anand Ramanathan, Stanley Clark, Moeen Saleem, Aman Ali, Maria Rosa Costanzo, Ann Davis, Kousik Krishnan, Victor Marinescu, and Stan Skaluba. Advanced practice nurses in Naperville include Julie Frommelt, Julie Kozlowski, and Erin Rizzo. Cardiologists practicing at MCI Elmhurst include Drs. John Cahill, Larry Barr, Anish Amin, Michael Brottman, Pratik Parikh, Cash Casey, Apoor Gami, Elmer Murdock, and Michael Trybula. Advanced practice nurses in Elmhurst include Cathy Adamson and Becky Hagensee.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 1-866-624-2778 or visit www.midwestcardio.com

MCI is managed by Cardiovascular Logistics of Chicago (CVLC), which now has a consulting and management partnership with Edward-Elmhurst Health, effective July 1. This partnership will enhance strategic planning, quality performance improvement and operational efficiency of the cardiovascular service line. 

“Throughout the communities we serve, Edward-Elmhurst Health is known for its technologically-advanced cardiovascular services, a program with exceptional quality and an extraordinary personal touch,” said Mary Lou Mastro, System CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health. “This new relationship demonstrates our commitment to investing in the future of our cardiovascular program and ensuring that we continue to offer the highest level of care to our patients.”

As a part of this collaboration, CVLC will also co-manage Edward-Elmhurst Health’s cardiac catheterization labs at Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital, as well as assist with hospital rounding and oversight. Additionally, a Virtual Care Center will be built to accommodate the growing need for access to cardiovascular care in our community.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” explained David Konur, FACHE, CEO of Cardiovascular Logistics of Chicago, “where CVLC’s patient-focused expertise in managing cardiovascular programs and virtual care will enhance a program already known for its cardiovascular excellence.”

Learn more about heart and vascular care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

About Midwest Cardiovascular Institute

Midwest Cardiovascular Institute (MCI) is a team of 20+ cardiologists and advanced practice nurses providing comprehensive cardiovascular care in Naperville and Elmhurst, Illinois. With a mission to provide the highest-quality cardiovascular care available, MCI is dedicated to putting patients first through clinical excellence, communication and compassion. MCI cardiologists represent nearly every specialty in heart and vascular medicine including treatment of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease, structural heart defects, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure, interventional cardiology, venous disease, nuclear cardiology, and lipid management. To learn more, visit www.midwestcardio.com.

About CVLC

CLVC was created by Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS), based in Louisiana, to offer physician and management services to hospitals and cardiology practices looking for opportunities to enhance their cardiovascular service line. CIS has a 38-year history of success. In addition to the Edward-Elmhurst Health agreement, CIS has 11 co-management agreements across Louisiana and Mississippi, including 114 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Their management services include cardiac cath lab operations, hospital rounding and oversight, and cardiovascular service line strategic planning.

About Edward-Elmhurst HealthEdward-Elmhurst Health, formed through the merger of Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in 2013, is ranked as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health and is one of the top 10 health systems for cardiovascular care in Illinois*. Nearly 37,000 heart and vascular patients are treated at Edward-Elmhurst facilities annually. Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals are on the list of Healthgrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ in 2021 and Edward Hospital is among Healthgrades’ 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ in 2021.

*IHA COMPdata, CY 2020

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