Cardiology at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Wellness for your whole body starts with your heart. Education and prevention are key components of heart health, and Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive cardiovascular services for prevention, detection, treatment and recovery.
Are You on Track for Heart Health?
Honest answers to this brief quiz can help determine whether you should see a cardiologist for heart health.
- Typically eat lean meats, fish, fruit, veggies and whole grains?
- Exercise with cardio and strength training 3-5 times a week?
- Drink no more than 1-2 alcoholic drinks per occasion?
- Maintain a healthy weight?
- Register normal cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels?
- Manage stress well?
If you responded no to one or more of these questions, consider making an appointment with a cardiologist to discuss your heart health.
Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group also recommends visiting a cardiologist if you smoke, have diabetes or pre-diabetes or a family history of cardiovascular disease including but not limited to the following conditions or procedures:
- Heart attack or coronary bypass surgery
- Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Peripheral artery disease or reduced blood flow in arteries
- Angioplasty or stent placement
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Find Heart Friendly Foods
The American Heart Association recommends a heart healthy diet to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Reduce fat, saturated fat and cholesterol from your diet by limiting consumption of dairy products, red meat and commercially prepared foods. For more healthy tips and substitution suggestions, turn to the Heart Healthy Nutrition guide.
Learn Common Heart Attack Symptoms
Heart attacks affect everyone differently, and the symptoms in men and women can be notably different. Men tend to experience traditional warning signs, like squeezing chest pain, dizziness and breaking into a cold sweat. While women often experience chest discomfort as well, they are more likely to feel back or jaw pain, nausea and unexplained fatigue as predominant symptoms.
Call 911 immediately if you or someone near you may be having a heart attack. When in doubt, it’s best to get it checked out.
Find a Cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Understanding your heart is the first step to prevention and early detection for a range of cardiovascular diseases. Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group is home to cardiology specialists available to educate, diagnose and treat conditions related to the heart including congestive heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), arteriosclerosis (narrowing or hardening of the arteries), peripheral vascular disease and more.
To learn more or schedule an appointment with a Cardiologist, please call Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group today at 630.232.0280. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.