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Heart Care

Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the #1 killers of women in the US

Did you know that heart disease kills more women every year than all forms of cancer combined? When it comes to caring for your heart, trust the only hospital in the area ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for cardiac services and #2 in Illinois for coronary intervention—Northwest Community Hospital.

As a result of our experience, expertise and excellent outcomes, we were the first accredited Chest Pain Center in the Northwest Suburbs. And we perform more cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgery, than many of the leading teaching hospitals.

Whether you're seeking a heart screening, diagnosis of heart valve symptoms, signs of congestive heart failure, heart blockage symptoms, or another existing problem or surgical treatment, we're here for you—and your heart—with a technologically advanced, comprehensive cardiac program, close to home.

Women's heart attack symptoms often vary from men's

Recent studies have shown that women are more likely than men to have "silent" or unrecognized heart attacks. Not all heart attacks start with sudden, crushing chest pain; they may start out mild and worsen over time; or start, stop and start again. Women are more likely to have nausea, pain high in the abdomen or burning in their chest. These are the most common warning signals for heart attacks:

  • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
  • Chest discomfort with sweating
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the arm, neck or jaw
  • Shortness of breath, particularly at rest
  • Tiredness or upset stomach

If you are at risk for heart disease and have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Time is a crucial factor in a heart attack because the longer the blockage remains untreated the more heart muscle will die.

NCH is nationally recognized for superior care of heart attacks and strokes

State-of-the-art technologies for early detection and safer treatments

  • Safer, non-invasive methods for evaluating heart blockage symptoms and detecting coronary blockages with the Dual Source CT Scanner.
  • Full range of procedures normally found only in university hospitals, such as complex ablation procedures to carefully remove damaged or defective tissue.
  • Clinical expertise, advanced cardiac catheterization lab and electrophysiology services.
  • Electrophysiology specialists from the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation provide additional expertise in treating serious heart rhythm disturbances

Find out how NCH can help you get the best possible heart care. Find a cardiac specialist now, or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free referral.

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Last modified: 10/01/2013