Midwest Cardiovascular Institute Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is 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 cardiovascular 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.
- Do I need a referral from my physician to make an appointment?
No referrals are necessary to see one of our cardiologists.
- I’m having trouble booking an appointment. Where can I get help?
Give us a call at 1-866-624-2778.
- Who leads MCI?
MCI is a physician-led practice owned by 20 cardiologists.
- What hospital affiliations does MCI have in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs?
MCI is affiliated with Edward-Elmhurst Health and its clinics.
- I still have questions. Who can I contact for more information?
Give us a call at 1-866-624-2778 and we’d be happy to help.
- What areas does MCI serve?
Midwest Cardiovascular Institute is located in the Greater Chicago Area with two main locations in Elmhurst and Naperville, IL, as well as satellite locations in Plainfield, Sandwich, and Yorkville to serve Chicago, the Chicago suburbs, and portions of the Midwest.
- What is a cardiologist?
Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating the heart using the latest in diagnostic techniques and procedures. Cardiologists are primarily focused on treating heart conditions with prescribed medication, lifestyle changes, and consistent monitoring.
- What is an interventional cardiologist?
An interventional cardiologist is fully trained in cardiology, but has undergone additional training in interventional cardiology that allows them to perform minimally invasive procedures. These procedures generally include a small incision and the use of catheters rather than general, more invasive surgery.
- What is an electrophysiologist?
Also known as a cardiac electrophysiologist, an electrophysiologist is a cardiologist with a focus on testing and treating conditions that involve irregular heart rhythms, or arrhythmias. They use specialized instruments to test electrical impulses to the heart and determine if those impulses are allowing the heart to function properly.
- What is a cardiothoracic surgeon?
Cardiothoracic surgeons are cardiologists who perform heart surgery in the areas of the heart and lungs. Cardiothoracic surgeons have trained extensively to perform very complex procedures to deliver life-saving cardiac care. Their methods may also include the use of robotic surgery, video assisted surgery, and open heart surgery.
- What are the most common tests MCI cardiologists perform?
Cardiovascular testing includes a wide range of diagnostic tests. Some of the most common are tests such as electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram (Echo), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, and stress tests that are used to elevate the heart rate and test its function. Some tests also involve the use of thallium that is injected into the bloodstream for observation with a radioactive tracer and special camera.
- What is an electrocardiogram?
An electrocardiogram is a test that measures and records the electrical signals in the heart. It is a fully non-invasive test that involves the use of sensors attached painlessly to the chest to monitor the heart rate and activity for cardiologists to understand how the heart is functioning.
- What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound to create a graphic outline that shows the heart’s movement. The cardiologist uses a hand-held device placed close to the chest to create a picture of the heart’s valves and chambers to evaluate the pumping action of the heart and determine if there is any issue.
- What is a positron emission tomography (PET) scan?
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan uses radioactive tracers in the bloodstream to provide cardiologists with an image of tissues and organs, such as the heart. The PET scan primarily measures the metabolic activity of your body to detect the early signs of a serious health condition.
- What is a catheterization lab?
Cardiac catheterization labs are special rooms in a hospital where cardiologists perform procedures meant to be minimally invasive that can test and diagnose cardiac abnormalities. The tests performed involve a catheter, or long flexible tube which can be inserted instead of surgery to access the heart.
- How do I schedule an appointment with MCI?
Our helpful staff here at Midwest Cardiovascular Institute can take your appointment over the phone. We also offer an online booking system that will allow you to fill out your information and schedule a visit online.
- Do I need a referral to see an MCI cardiologist?
While we do accept referrals from other general practitioners, MCI does not require a referral to be seen by one of our world-class physicians. You can make an appointment any time by calling the office closest to you or scheduling online.
- Does MCI accept major health insurance?
Midwest Cardiovascular Institute accepts most major health insurance providers. We recommend contacting and discussing your health insurance with someone from our friendly and knowledgeable staff if you have any questions.
- What resources are available to me before my MCI visit?
In order to understand what you may need for your cardiologist appointment, we provide helpful information on how to plan your visit. You will also receive appointment reminders via text message, with access to pre-check-in online in order to make your registration process faster and easier. As always, you may contact our staff via phone with any questions you may have.
- What hospital affiliations does MCI have in the Chicago Area?
Midwest Cardiovascular Institute is proudly affiliated with Edward-Elmhurst Health and its associated clinics. You can find our main locations in both Elmhurst and Naperville, with satellite clinics in Sandwich, Plainfield, and Yorkville.
- What are the average call wait times for MCI?
At Midwest Cardiovascular Institute, our doctors and staff work hard to ensure that we provide patient first care. That includes keeping our call wait times low. Our aim is to keep any call wait time under three minutes.
- Can I schedule a same day appointment with MCI?
Through our online booking portal and contact with our staff, we make every effort to ensure scheduling an appointment is as easy and convenient as possible. If an appointment time is available, we can accommodate same day bookings. If you are experiencing cardiac distress of any kind, please call 911 for immediate assistance.
- Are my medical records confidential with MCI?
Midwest Cardiovascular Institute abides by all HIPAA and patient confidentiality laws to ensure that your medical records stay secure and private. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the privacy policies employed by MCI. Those policies are also posted on our website.