On a mission

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, the goal is for cardiac patients to achieve health-success by returning to their regular activities but with an enhanced quality of life, armed with knowledge. But the ultimate goal of the hospital is to prevent heart disease from …

Heart of a fighter


When Leon Lasota was 17 years old, German soldiers hauled him out of bed in the middle of the night and carted him off to a concentration camp. That was the second of many times in his almost-93 years that the Romeoville man has faced …

Prevention, detection, intervention are keys to cardiac care at Porter


At Porter Regional Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, the goal is not only to successfully treat heart disease but to help prevent it. “We’re working on more of a disease management strategy as opposed to acute care,” said Terri Gingerich, Cardiovascular Service Line director at …

Life after a heart attack


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 715,000 Americans every year have a heart attack. Of those, 190,000 have had a heart attack before. With statistics like those, prevention becomes as important after a heart attack as before. Abdul Ghani, a cardiologist at …

Black men raised by single parent had higher blood pressure as adults, study reports

African-American men raised in single-parent households in Washington, D.C., had higher blood pressure as adults than men raised by two parents, according to a recent study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The study is the first to link childhood family living arrangements to …

Modest weight loss may reduce heart disease risks in middle-aged women

Modest weight loss over 2 years in overweight or obese, middle-aged women may reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In a study of 417 women participating in weight loss programs …

It pays to  be a quitter

Cigarette smokers who are over 65 years of age may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of never-smokers when they quit faster than previously reported, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in November. …

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Almond-Mocha Topping on Raspberry Sauce

Whether it’s a special occasion or you just want to make someone feel special, this decadent-looking dessert will bring smiles…and compliments! Serves 24; 1 cupcake, 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sauce, and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons topping per serving Cooking spray Cupcakes 1 18.25-ounce …

HEALTHY EATING Chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa

Grilled pineapple and fresh mint and strawberries combine with tangy lemon and a bit of hot pepper flakes to make an interesting salsa for grilled chicken. Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup salsa per serving 1 teaspoon canola or corn oil Salsa 2 …

Support heart health awareness at these local events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Learn all about your heart at these south suburban events

February is American Heart Month. Here are some heart health events happening in the area this month. Feb. 6 Let’s Talk About Our Heart, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall. Go red for the day and converse about matters of the heart …

Support heart health awareness at these events


Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Unearthing winter health hazards


It seems like snow has been in the forecast just about every other day this winter. While for most people shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, The American Heart Association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling can increase …

Chicago, northwest Indiana plan heart health awareness events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Five key questions about heart health


Learn the five critical heart health questions you should ask your doctor.

The heart healthy nut: pistachios


Two sports dietitian detail the healthy virtues of snacking on pistachio nuts.

Omega products for heart health?


Some doctors believe the combination of omega-3s and omega-7s can create a perfect 10 for cardiovascular health.

Life’s Simple 7

The American Heart Association gauges the cardiovascular health of the nation by tracking seven key health factors and behaviors that increase risks for heart disease and stroke. These are called “Life’s Simple 7” and they are measured to track progress toward the AHA’s 2020 Impact …

Don’t ignore signs of heart trouble

A recent study of middle-aged men who had sudden cardiac arrest showed that more than half of them had possible warning signs up to a month before their hearts stopped abruptly.

One year after a heart transplant at Northwestern, LaSalle man is thriving


Although more than 60 years old, Vincent “Butch” Plochocki of LaSalle recently celebrated a first birthday. That’s the first anniversary of living with a new heart. “I’m free to do what I want,” he said. That means a lot for a man who spent more than a year in need of a 24-hour care while carrying around a device that kept his heart pumping. Those days appear to be over after receiving a heart transplant from Northwestern in May 2012.

Evanston doc says patients more pro-active about health care


Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer in the United States — for both men and women — according to the American Heart Association. However, it's not all bad news. Chicago-area health experts share what they see happening in the region.

Walking program improves stroke survivors’ lives

Regular, brisk walking after having a stroke could help boost your physical fitness, mobility and quality of life, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

8 serious signs of serious trouble


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 935,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Of these, 610,000 are a first heart attack. Furthermore, the CDC reports that someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. Here are eight symptoms you should not ignore as they may be a sign of a heart attack or stroke.

Northwestern among the first to implant defibrillator

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops pumping blood. Rapid treatment of SCA by using an implantable defibrillator can be lifesaving. Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is one of the first 10 places in the U.S. to implant a recently FDA-approved subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD).

Comprehensive heart care under one roof


Porter Regional Hospital now offers the Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, where patients can access all cardiac services in one location on the main floor.

Fast action saves man from heart attack


Jerry Wathen, a 67-year-old from Park Forest, thought he was having an arthritic attack. In fact, it was a heart attack that could have killed him if Ingalls did not set a record for “door-to-balloon” time.