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The Heart of the Matter

February 18, 2021

Maen Nusair, M.D., is an Interventional Cardiologist with NCH Medical Group. He is also Medical Director of the NCH Structural Heart Program

Since February is American Heart Month, it’s a good time to think about the health of your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., accounting for nearly one in four deaths every year. At NCH we understand the importance of heart disease awareness, prevention, treatment and long-term care, and have expanded our efforts and resources to help you live the fullest, most meaningful life possible. Our network of top doctors and cutting-edge treatments ensure you receive the least intrusive, most promising options available.

NCH’s dedication to your health includes a Heart and Vascular Center comprising six condition-specific centers:

  • Center for Cardiac & Vascular Health & Wellness
  • Center for Coronary Artery Disease
  • Center for Heart Failure
  • Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders
  • Center for Heart Valve Disease/Structural Heart Disease
  • Center for Vascular Disease

Each center features teams of highly skilled, multidisciplinary specialists who deliver complex, state-of-the-art medical care in a community hospital setting. These teams collaborate with each other, and with referring physicians, to assess your needs and develop individualized treatment plans. This approach helped NCH rank among Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care™ healthcare providers in 2020.

“With the merger of NCH and NorthShore we look forward to expanding our services further,” said NCH Medical Group Interventional Cardiologist Maen Nusair, M.D., Medical Director of the NCH Structural Heart Program. “This new partnership will provide more resources which is a key to maintain state-of-the-art care for our patients.”

A dangerous “side effect” of COVID-19 has been letting personal preventive healthcare slip, such as holding off on regular appointments and testing “until COVID passes.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Overall, an estimated 40.9% of U.S. adults have avoided medical care during the pandemic because of concerns about COVID-19, including 12.0% who avoided urgent or emergency care and 31.5% who avoided routine care.”

Dr. Nusair wants to be clear that patients shouldn’t hold off care. Initial consultations are available as “virtual visits” to discuss concerns and treatment options without leaving home. Even cardiac rehab, often recommended for heart patients, is now available via NCH’s Home-Based Virtual Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

 When it is necessary to visit in person, NCH’s Heart and Vascular Center offers a calm, safe environment following all CDC and public health safety guidelines.

Patients coming to the hospital for care and appointments can feel secure knowing COVID-19 patients are treated in special units of the hospital with caregivers dedicated to them – and isolated from other patient areas.  Don’t wait to get the care you need to maintain and strong and healthy heart.  Learn more about cardiovascular services at NCH.

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