Ingalls Integrated Heart Care Center

When it comes to your heart, you can’t afford to take chances. At Ingalls, our heart and vascular services cover emergency care, diagnostic testing, a full range of treatments, cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, with board-certified cardiologists available 24 hours a day.

Our team is led by highly skilled heart specialists and surgeons who trained at some of the nation's leading academic medical centers. They’re backed by a team of dedicated health professionals including specially trained registered nurses, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, therapists and dietitians.

Together, they have earned our Integrated Heart Care Center the praise of industry experts and, most importantly, our patients.

Uncommon Care for a Common Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, and nearly 1 in 5 has some form of it; African-Americans carry the greatest risk.

At Ingalls, we offer the most comprehensive scope of cardiac services available – as well as the newest treatments and technologies. Our skilled heart specialists are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for every patient. Whenever we can, we choose minimally invasive approaches to treating heart disease, such as catheterization over open-heart surgery, heart valve repair over replacement, and medical management whenever possible.

Pinpointing Heart Problems with Precision

  • Heart disease presents differently in different people. To fully understand what is happening throughout your cardiovascular system, Ingalls offers a complete range of diagnostic tests, including:
  • Electrocardiography (EKG) and Holter Monitoring
  • Implantable Cardiac Monitoring Systems
  • Stress Testing
  • Echocardiography
  • Stress Echocardiography
  • Carotid Doppler Studies
  • Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography
  • Radial Artery Access or Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
  • Intravascular Ultrasound
  • 64-Slice CT Scan

Full Array of Treatment Options

The more treatment options you have, the more likely your treatment will be successful. At Ingalls, we offer a full array of heart and vascular procedures and therapies, including the latest emerging treatments.

Balloon angioplasty is highly effective at opening narrowed coronary arteries using a balloon-tipped catheter to compress plaque against the artery wall. Angioplasty is often used in combination with a stent, a small, mesh-like device made of metal that acts as a support, keeping the artery open and improving blood flow.

Atherectomy removes plaque from inside an artery. Different methods may be used; rotational atherectomy involves a special burr or drill on the tip of a catheter that rotates to shave the plaque into tiny pieces.

Brachytherapy uses radiation to dramatically reduce the likelihood that a previously treated artery will narrow or become re-occluded.

When a coronary artery is severely blocked or narrowed, a surgeon may attach an artery from the chest or arm, or a vein from the leg, to "bypass" the blocked area and reroute blood flow to the heart muscle. In traditional bypass surgery, patients are placed on a heart-lung machine, which assumes the function of the heart and lungs during surgery.

Also called "beating heart" surgery, off-pump bypass surgery does not involve the use of the heart-lung machine. Instead, the surgeon stabilizes the portion of the heart that needs to be bypassed while the rest of the heart continues to pump and circulate blood to the body.

Surgeons at Ingalls can repair or replace leaky or narrowed heart valves using mechanical or tissue valves.

This unique procedure helps relieve chronic, severe chest pain by creating new pathways in the heart using short bursts of laser energy. The new pathways encourage new blood flow and carry much-needed oxygen to the heart muscle.

More than four million Americans have recurring heart rhythm disturbances that put them at risk for heart attack, stroke or sudden death. At Ingalls, specially trained electrophysiologists implant pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators to pace and regulate the heart's rhythm.

Ingalls offers a minimally invasive alternative to open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic aneurysm. Endovascular stent graft repair involves small incisions in the groin and image-guided catheter placement of a stent graft to reinforce the weakened section of the aorta and prevent rupture. 

Our outpatient Congestive Heart Failure Clinic includes treatments, coordinated care and education by experts who can help patients manage symptoms of congestive heart failure and prevent repeat hospital admissions. For patients with advanced heart failure, Ingalls Home Care offers sophisticated telemedicine monitoring by a specially trained nurse.

 

Recent Technological Advances

Doctors at Ingalls were among the first to implant a revolutionary new type of implantable defibrillator – or ICD – that leaves the heart and its vasculature untouched. The subcutaneous ICD is implanted just under the skin with no wires or veins touching the heart, dramatically reducing the risk of infection, collapsed lung or perforation of the heart.

DCB is similar to plain angioplasty but with the addition of an anti-proliferative medication called paclitaxel, which is also used to stop tumor growth in certain types of cancer. DCB helps prevent re-blockage after an artery has been opened and is used for patients with peripheral artery disease of the extremities.

Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Unit

Located off the main lobby on the hospital’s 1st floor, our innovative Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology Unit (CVIR) was designed with a patient’s comfort and convenience in mind. Features include eight private prep and recovery rooms; beds with electronic touch controls; TVs in each room; a central nurses station capable of monitoring all rooms; and a nearby waiting area for family members. Patients undergoing cardiovascular or interventional radiology procedures remain on this unit until they are discharged to home or to a patient floor.

All-Digital Cardiac Catheterization Labs

Heart specialists can better view and treat coronary artery blockages with Ingalls’ all-digital cardiovascular imaging system in our two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs. Our technology allows cardiologists to view hard-to-see blood vessels, balloons and stents with exceptional clarity under even the most difficult circumstances. Our labs are also fully equipped for electrophysiology procedures to diagnose and treat heart rhythm abnormalities.

Cardiac Rehabilitation for a Complete Recovery

Patients who have had a heart attack, bypass surgery or angioplasty with stenting may be uncertain about when they can return to everyday activities. Cardiac rehabilitation at Ingalls is designed to help you recover from a cardiovascular event and make the lifestyle changes needed to prevent future problems.

Phase I rehabilitation begins while heart patients are still in the hospital and includes education about physical activity and symptoms that require medical attention. Phase II is a medically supervised outpatient exercise program at the hospital. Blood pressure and heart rate are carefully monitored during exercise; patients also receive education, counseling services and support from others who have been down the same road.

Prevention and Lifestyle Modification

Located at our Flossmoor Family Care Center, the Ingalls Wellness Center offers a host of classes, programs and screenings designed to help you lead a heart-healthy life. Offerings include cardiac fitness, health education, risk assessment programs, nutritional counseling and more.

Determine Your Risk of Heart Disease Today

To find out your personal risk of heart disease, Ingalls offers HeartAware, a free online risk assessment. Simply go to www.Ingalls.org/HeartAware. HeartAware takes less than seven minutes and can be completed right in the comfort of your home or office. A printable report is available upon completion and includes information about your risk factors as well as easy-to-read educational material about how to stay heart-healthy.

Valuable Free Testing

If your HeartAware assessment reveals three or more risk factors for heart disease, you are eligible to receive a free health screening that includes a full lipid profile, an HB A1c test for diabetes risk and measurements of blood pressure, body mass index and waist circumference. Afterwards, an Ingalls nurse navigator will follow up to discuss your results and make a plan to minimize your future risks for heart disease.

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