Welcome to cardiology care from the Specialty Clinic at Fort HealthCare — highest quality expert care, right in your own back yard. For your convenience and ease, our team of cardiologists provides consulting services at Fort Memorial Hospital in Fort Atkinson, a great convenience over having to travel extensively for care.
What is Cardiology?
Cardiology is a specific branch of medicine dealing with health of the heart and blood vessels — including diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for heart disease, artery disease, heart failure and electrophysiology. Fort Healthcare’s Specialty Clinic offers both preventive and specialty care in cardiology.
Meet Our Cardiology Team
Fort HealthCare’s Specialty Clinic team of cardiologists provides comprehensive, compassionate, convenient care. Meet them here.
Tips for Cardiovascular Health
- Always use the Food Pyramid as a guide for a balanced diet.
- Eat lots of colorful fruits and veggies, which contain heart-healthy flavonoids. Flavonoids are micronutrients found in plants. Diets that are high in these micronutrients are associated with a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease.
- Get plenty of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Eat two servings per week of cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines or bluefish. Vegetarians should take flax seed oil or ground flax seed.
- Reduce your intake of carbohydrates!
- Get out and exercise! Walk five or six days a week. It’ll help keep your metabolism higher—good for weight control—than if you walk less frequently.
- Supercharge your diet with a good multivitamin/mineral complex.
- Stop smoking!
- Cut down on alcohol or eliminate it completely from your life.
- Practice a stress reduction technique such as yoga or meditation. Fort HealthCare offers several wellness classes to help your mind, body, and spirit.
The Cardiac Rehab Program is designed to help an individual with heart disease return to an optimal level of physical, emotional, social and vocational well-being.
Who is Eligible for Cardiac Rehab
Patients who may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation include those that have experienced:
- Heart Attack
- Coronary artery bypass surgery
- Other post-operative conditions including valvular heart disease, congenital heart disease and cardiac transplant.
- Angina (chest pain) controlled by medical therapy
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery procedures (stenting, angioplasty, arthrectomy)
How It Works
The program is divided into three phases, beginning while you are in the hospital. Education is a very important part of the cardiac rehabilitation phases. Throughout your progression through the three phases of the cardiac rehabilitation program, you will become more aware of the following topics:
- Anatomy and physiology of the heart
- Identifying risk factors
- Stress management and relaxation
- Benefits of an exercise program
- Community resources
- Smoking cessation
If you have questions or would like to learn more about the program, please call us at (920) 568-5349, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Heart Failure Clinic is a free program funded by Fort HealthCare and a grant from The Alliance Provider Quality Investment Fund in 2003. The clinic is staffed with registered nurses trained in critical care. A physician who specializes in internal medicine serves as the advisor. The goal of the heart failure clinic is to provide support to patients to be as independent and active as possible.
Why should I participate in the Heart Failure Clinic?
The Heart Failure Clinic staff will assist in determining what your needs are and what lifestyle changes would best benefit you. Clinic staff can provide you with educational materials that will help you understand:
- Your diet and medications
- Signs and symptoms that are important and what to do about them
- The importance of weighing yourself daily
- Your exercise plan
- How to avoid a crisis that would cause you to be admitted to the hospital
The nursing staff will send you physician a monthly report on your progress.
What will be discussed in our phone contacts?
Initially, a weekly phone call is made to you to discuss any or all of the following concerns:
- Weight gain
- Activity and exercise
- How you fell
- Meal Planning
- Follow-ups with your physician
If you wish to participate in the Heart Failure Clinic or would like to learn more about the program: please speak to your physician, or contact the clinic at (920) 568-5469, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.