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Chicago Cardiology offers a broad range of tests, procedures, and treatments. The more informed and involved you are in your care, the better the outcome. Please find explanations below for some of the most common new terminology our patients learn.

Vein Disease

Vein disease refers to a number of common conditions that affect the veins, which carry blood through the body toward the heart. With vein disease, the small valves within the veins fail to function properly, causing blood to flow backward into the foot. When the condition becomes so severe that blood cannot empty from the foot and pressure causes the feet and ankles to bulge, the condition is known as chronic venous insufficiency (or CVT).

Chronic venous disorders can cause pain and discomfort in the legs, but in many cases cause no symptoms at all. Chronic disorders can also trigger acute venous disorders, including deep-vein thrombosis (DVT).

  • A family history of vein problems
  • Frequent, long periods of inactivity (such as sitting or standing still)
  • Obesity and smoking may increase the risk
  • Age – older people are more likely to develop CVT
    Many patients experience:

  • Swelling or heaviness in the legs
  • A feeling of pain or cramping in the calves
  • A white, ulcerated plaque on the legs known as white atrophy
  • Other types of skin discolorations
  • Other skin problems, like inflammation and dermatitis
  • An open sore on the legs called a leg ulcer
Though early symptoms may seem minor or go unnoticed, vein disease can cause more serious symptoms if left untreated. Chronic vein disease can also be a precursor to uncomfortable varicose and spider veins, as well as more life-threatening conditions like deep-vein thrombosis (where in a blood clot forms in the leg with the potential to detach and travel through the body, causing a heart attack or stroke).
Varicose veins are twisted, bulging, enlarged veins, most often seen in the legs and feet. Varicose veins occur when the blood vessel walls weaken, causing blood to back up and pool inside the vein. Spider veins are thin red capillaries and occur closer to the surface of the skin. Both may be primarily of cosmetic concern, but varicose veins may also cause pain and discomfort. Heredity, age, pregnancy, obesity and standing or sitting for long periods of time are all factors that may contribute to the development of varicose or spider veins.

Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is an abnormal or irregular heartbeat. Arrhythmias occur when the heart’s electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly. The heart may beat too quickly, with a rate of more than 100 beats per minute (tachycardia), or too slowly, with a rate of fewer than 60 beats per minute (bradycardia).

An arrhythmia may not cause any noticeable symptoms or require treatment. However, some heart arrhythmias may be serious or even life-threatening. Certain arrhythmias may also increase the risk of stroke or heart failure. Symptoms of arrhythmia include a racing or slow heartbeat, skipped heartbeats, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath and weakness or fatigue. Arrhythmias are often caused by:

  • A congenital heart defect
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Valve disorders
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Thyroid problems
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Healing after heart surgery
  • Smoking, alcohol or caffeine
  • Stress
  • Certain medications

Medical Management

Medical management refers to treatment through medication and lifestyle modifications. At Chicago Cardiology Institute, we take the most conservative, least invasive approach whenever possible, opting for medical management whenever possible before resorting to a more serious intervention.

For example, medical management for vein disease may include elevation of the affected leg, medications (such as anticoagulants, or blood thinners) and compression stockings.

Treatment options will always be thoroughly explained by our doctors, who welcome your questions. We work with our patients every step of the way to determine the best and least invasive course of treatment.

Intervention Management

Intervention management refers to the use of non-surgical techniques that utilize catheters (long, flexible tubes) threaded through a patient’s blood vessels. Catheter-based procedures can provide diagnostic information as well as treatment.If intervention is required, we use this minimally invasive non-surgical approach whenever possible, which means a lower risk, faster recovery time and less discomfort for our patients.

Our mission is to provide the highest levels of patient care and service with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Our doctors are fully trained in the most current techniques and have advanced equipment available for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. When the more conservative approach of lifestyle and medical management is not effective, we can safely provide a full range of procedures to address and manage our patients’ health conditions. We discuss all of our patients’ options with them, including the risks and benefits of each, to determine the best treatment option.