Heart and Vascular Services

Swedish Covenant Hospital’s Cardiac Services program offers you compassionate care and advanced technology to treat a range of heart conditions. Incorporating close coordination with your primary care physician, communication among a team of cardiac experts and our groundbreaking rehabilitation program, our Cardiac Services program is a complete continuum of care, fully devoted to your heart and heart disease treatments. 

Swedish Covenant Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program incorporates medically supervised exercise, lifestyle adjustment and group support into a comprehensive program at the Galter LifeCenter, Chicago's premier medically based fitness center.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to return you to optimal physical and psychological well-being after a heart attack, angioplasty or open-heart surgery. After these cardiac events, many people are reluctant to resume their normal activities. Our cardiac rehabilitation program works to help you recover faster, regain confidence and prevent future problems.

The cardiac rehabilitation staff at Swedish Covenant Hospital includes specially trained nurses, exercise physiologists and physicians, as well as a dietician and health psychologist. The team will guide you through a comprehensive, individualized plan that incorporates monitored exercise, education, lifestyle counseling and group support.

The cardiac rehabilitation program's location at the Galter LifeCenter enables cardiac rehabilitation participants to enjoy convenience, comfort, easy access to related services and up-to-date exercise equipment in a light-filled healing environment.

Components of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Swedish Covenant Hospital takes a holistic approach to cardiac rehabilitation. Our individualized plan for each patient includes the components below.

• Education
• Exercise
• Lifestyle counseling
• Group support

Below is a brief overview of the tests available at Swedish Covenant Hospital to evaluate heart conditions:

• Echocardiogram: uses ultrasound waves to create images of the heart chambers, valves and surrounding structures. An echocardiogram shows the heart in motion, measures cardiac output and detects inflammation around the heart (pericarditis).

• Stress Echocardiogram uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscles are working to pump blood to your body. It detects decreased blood flow to the heart.

• Nuclear stress test: uses a small, safe amount of Myoview, a radioactive substance, as a tracer to produce images of the heart taken before and after exercising on a treadmill.

• Holter monitoring: is a device that records your heart rate and rhythm continuously for 24 hours (or longer) while you are at your home. 

• Event monitoring: is a small device used by patients over a longer period, typically one month to detect heart arrhythmias. 

• Cardiac Catheterization: is a specialized X-ray examination of the heart that uses contrast dye inserted through a catheter to allow the doctor to view the condition of the heart chambers, valves and coronary arteries.

Angioplasty and Stents
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to open narrowed areas in the arteries of the heart by inflating a tiny balloon in the artery. Angioplasty relieves the recurrence of chest pain, reduces complications of cardiac disease and can improve quality of life.

An electrophysiology study allows precise diagnosis of rhythm problems to determine the appropriate therapy. During the study, the physician examines electrical heart patterns and tries to recreate the arrhythmia for observation and analysis.

Cardiac Ablation
After your electrophysiology study, a cardiologist might recommend cardiac ablation therapy. Cardiac ablation is a procedure to prevent abnormal electrical impulses from occurring.

Ablation is performed like an electrophysiology study; however, an additional catheter is placed in the heart at the site of the arrhythmia so radiofrequency can slowly destroy the cells causing the problem. 

Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICDs)
Pacemaker and ICD implant devices correct an abnormally slow heartbeat by sending electrical impulses to one or more chambers of the heart, helping it to beat in a more regular rhythm.

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Clinic
The Pacemaker and Defibrillator Clinic at Swedish Covenant Hospital provides patients with regular check-ups on pacemakers and internal cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). The clinic is open to all patients with existing or newly implanted devices, and is located on the 3rd floor of the Main Building.

Patients are seen every three to six months. Those with newly implanted devices are initially evaluated one to two weeks following implantation to ensure that the incision is healing properly. 

During an evaluation, your caregiver will optimize the programming of the device for maximum efficiency, check the battery and leads and look for any other potential problems.

The clinic is open on Mondays, from 8 a.m. to noon.

To make an appointment, call the Swedish Covenant Hospital Appointment Center at 773-878-6888.

Heart Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Coronary artery bypass surgery creates a new pathway around a blocked artery or arteries, bypassing them so that blood flow can continue to the heart.

Heart Valve Surgery
Heart valve surgery is performed to replace or repair a malfunctioning heart valve or valves and restore proper blood flow through the heart.

Swedish Covenant Hospital's outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program combines monitored exercise, education and breathing retraining into a comprehensive program centered at the Galter LifeCenter, Chicago's premier medically based fitness center.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
For people suffering from lung disease, life becomes increasingly difficult due to fatigue and shortness of breath. Pulmonary rehabilitation can increase your strength, endurance, functioning and independence, as well as dramatically improve your quality of life.

At Swedish Covenant Hospital, the pulmonary rehabilitation team will work with you to get you back on the path to good health. The staff includes exercise physiologists, nurses, a dietitian and a health psychologist if needed. The team will create a comprehensive plan, customized just for you, uncluding:
• Education
• Exercise
• Breathing retraining

Pulmonary rehabilitation participants enjoy the convenience, ease, comfort and state-of-the-art facilities of the Galter LifeCenter, as well as easy access to related services, private consultation rooms and the most up-to-date exercise equipment in a light-filled, healing environment.

For more information, please contact the pulmonary rehabilitation program at 773-878-8200, ext. 7321.

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