At Northwest Community Hospital, we perform thousands of heart procedures each year. We treat people for everything from heart attack symptoms and heart valve symptoms to signs of congestive heart failure—and more. We are committed to advanced technology because it is not only more accurate, but also safer and more comfortable for you, the patient.
The first step in determining your risk for a heart attack is a non-invasive, 15-minute procedure called calcium scoring, also known as a CT heart scan. We take X-ray images of your heart and coronary arteries to find the location and extent of any calcified plaque, a marker of coronary artery disease.
You can schedule a calcium scoring test without a physician's order by calling Outpatient Scheduling at 847.618.3700.
If your calcium scoring test shows a possible risk or you have known risk factors for heart disease, you may need to have a coronary CT angiogram (or CT scan) to look more closely for coronary disease. Our Dual Source CT scanner offers higher image resolution at faster speeds than most other single source CT scanners. We were the first hospital in the Northwest Suburbs to offer this breakthrough technology.
Using the latest cardiac technology, we have several non-surgical methods for opening blocked arteries.
Electrophysiology specialists check the electrical activity and pathways of the heart to diagnose and repair abnormal heart rhythms. We make use of the latest technologies for the following procedures:
NCH was the first hospital in the region to provide patients with the da Vinci Surgical System for assistance in complex surgeries. We are also one of the few hospitals in the area to offer open-heart surgery for select patients using this new technology.
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.