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Heart disease is distressingly common in Northern Illinois. But the cardiology care you can receive at CGH Medical Center is far from common. Whether you need preventive care for a congenital form of heart disease, urgent cardiac care for a heart attack or cardiac rehabilitation to help you recover after open-heart surgery, our cardiology team has your heart well in hand.

Cardiac and Nuclear Medicine

Heart disease can take many forms, and each type of heart disease requires a slightly different type of treatment. Getting the right kind of treatment matters, as the therapies you have now could help you to avoid a heart problem in the future.

At CGH Medical Center, we offer a unique form of testing that can help your doctor to understand your heart. It's called nuclear medicine. This subspecialty of radiology involves creating images based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given either intravenously or by mouth.

Our caring cardiac and nuclear medicine staff has over 120 years of combined cardiology experience—no other staff in our area comes even close. Plus, our department has previously received the No. 1 patient satisfaction ranking among over 250 hospitals across the Midwest. In addition to identifying coronary artery disease issues, nuclear medicine can be used to:

  • Analyze kidney function
  • Scan lungs for respiratory and blood-flow problems
  • Identify gallbladder blockages
  • Evaluate bones for fracture, infection, arthritis or tumor
  • Determine the presence or spread of cancer
  • Identify bleeding into the bowel
  • Locate the presence of infection
  • Measure thyroid function to detect an overactive or underactive thyroid

Call 815.625.0400, ext. 4456, to make an appointment or find out more.

Cardiology Cath Lab

If you or a loved one experiences a cardiac incident, rest assured that you're minutes away from the highest quality of care in our state-of-the-art cardiac cath lab, where our team of highly trained professionals can quickly and competently locate and repair blocked or narrowed arteries.

During a cardiac catheterization, your doctor will insert a catheter (a long, bendable, narrow tube) into your artery or vein and guide it into your heart. The doctor checks your heart's function and looks for narrowed or blocked arteries.

During the catheterization, the doctor may be able to open up a blocked artery with an angioplasty (balloon procedure). The doctor may also find that bypass surgery or medications are needed.

The CGH cardiac catheterization lab uses the state-of-the-art Phillips Integris Allura—the most advanced vascular diagnostic tool available. Exceptionally detailed images enable physicians to see and work in even the smallest vessels.

Our cardiac specialists have trained at some of the world's most renowned medical centers. Their expertise, teamed with innovative technology, is broadening CGH's scope of cardiac intervention and doing more to help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

For more information on available treatments and catheterization procedures for coronary artery disease, call 815.625.0400, ext. 4800, or download our patient guide.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehab Helps Your Heart Heal

In our cardiac rehab program, you'll find comprehensive care to help you recover from a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, open-heart surgery or another serious cardiac problem. Our team will work with you, your family and your doctor to design a personalized plan that's focused on your recovery.

Our cardiac rehabilitation program progresses in phases:

  • Phase 1 begins in the hospital. Critical care nurses work with you to help you understand your heart issue, your risk factors and what you can do to change things for the better.
  • Phase 2 begins when you're at home and your doctor has referred you to our program. You'll come in for approximately one hour, three days a week, and perform supervised exercises. Participants in the CGH cardiac rehab program exercise on a variety of equipment, including recumbent bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, free weights and universal weights. The team will also teach you about living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Phase 3 treatment plans are guided by patient goals, needs and capabilities. Patients will discover their strengths and deficiencies while adjusting their lifestyles for optimal health.

Our cardiac rehab program hours are as follows, Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

  • Cardiac rehab: 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Phase 2 patients: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Phase 3 patients: 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information about cardiac rehab, call 815.622.9723. Physician referral is required.

Congestive Heart Failure

A congestive heart failure (CHF) diagnosis can leave you feeling scared and uncertain. Our CHF program offers both care and education, so you can understand your condition and avoid future trips to the hospital.

We start as soon as you're admitted to the ho spital with CHF or diagnosed with CHF, and we'll work closely with you to manage your health. Within three days of discharge, the CHF nurse coordinator begins working with you via weekly phone calls to discuss:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Medication
  • Signs or symptoms of CHF
  • Weight management

If you're at the highest risk of being readmitted to the hospital, you'll work closely with a cardiology nurse practitioner in the outpatient CHF clinic too.

For more information about the CHF program, call 815.625.0400, ext. 4426. Physician referral is required. Read more about this program.

Healthy Hearts (Heart Check)

There's a lot you can do to keep heart disease under control. We can help you understand how to do just that with our classes and screening programs.

For example, the CGH community services department offers free blood sugar and blood pressure checks at various locations several times every month. A low-cost cholesterol and glucose screening is also offered once monthly.  See our schedule here.

The CGH diabetes education department also offers a free prediabetes class every month to help you learn more about how you can avoid diabetes and its complications.

In addition, CGH partners with the Whiteside County Health Department to provide one-on-one counseling with a certified tobacco-cessation specialist.

If you're not certain of your heart disease risk, we can help with that too. HeartCheck of the Rock River Valley uses a LightSpeed CT scanner to produce computerized heart scans that give doctors fast, clear pictures of clogged arteries to examine the cause of chest pain, high blood pressure, cholesterol and other cardiovascular concerns, enabling early detection and more precise treatment of heart disease.

Physicians recommend you get a HeartCheck if you:

  • Are between the ages of 50 and 65
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Are a smoker
  • Have elevated cholesterol
  • Are overweight

HeartCheck of the Rock River Valley is available year-round for just $99. Gift certificates are available. For more information or to make an appointment, call 815.625.0400, ext. 5550, or email us.

Meet our cardiology team

Our cardiology department features board-certified cardiologists and nurse practitioners who are adept at treating almost any heart condition. Visit our provider directory to learn more about the talented practitioners ready to see you.