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A comprehensive approach to caring for your heart

​Franciscan Healthcare - Munster offers comprehensive cardiovascular and endovascular services ranging from emergency intervention to advanced minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. Our heart and vascular program is committed to producing positive outcomes and providing unparalleled patient care.

When it comes to caring for your heart and circulatory system, time is very important. That's why our team of world-class, board-certified physicians, nurses, and technologists provide cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment capabilities - all housed in state-of-the-art facilities.

Should I See a Heart Specialist?

A heart specialist can help determine if the specific symptoms you are experiencing are related to heart disease, as well as assess your risk of a future heart attack. Use our DecisionAssist Tool to help you decide whether or not to see a heart specialist.​

 


       
Did you know?

The most common cause of heart failure is Coronary Artery Disease.

Heart Failure - Symptoms

Symptoms of heart failure often begin slowly. At first, they may only occur when you are very active. Over time, you may notice breathing problems and other symptoms even when you are resting.

 

Heart failure symptoms may also begin suddenly; for example, after a heart attack or other heart problem.

Common Symptoms

  • Cough
  • Fatigue, weakness, faintness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Need to urinate at night
  • Pulse that feels fast or irregular, or a sensation of feeling the heart beat
  • Shortness of breath when you are active or after you lie down
  • Swollen (enlarged) liver or abdomen
  • Swollen feet and ankles
  • Waking up from sleep after a couple of hours due to shortness of breath
  • Weight gain

Know Your Heart Attack Risk Factors

  • Increasing Age
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Too much fat in your diet
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Chronic kidney disease