Heart & vascular
The cardiovascular system, or the circulatory system, consists of the heart and a network of thousands of miles of arteries, veins and capillaries in the human body. Blood is pumped by the heart around the closed circuit of these vessels over and over again as it passes through the various circulations of the body.
Our approach to heart and vascular care
The cardiologists and vascular surgeons at SIU Medicine want to help keep every heart beat steadily and blood flowing smoothly. They take the time to listen and understand your symptoms and concerns.
SIU Medicine’s Division of Cardiology is a multidisciplinary team of board-certified cardiac experts in heart arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure (or hypertension), congestive heart failure and more. They will diagnose your condition and establish an effective treatment plan tailored for your particular needs. In addition to our cardiologists, our Family Medicine and Pediatrics teams treat heart issues as well, always with a goal of helping you or your children maintain a full and active lifestyle.
The Division of Vascular Surgery is a team of highly trained specialists who ensure your blood vessels -- the roadways of your circulatory system, are working properly. Arteries and veins carry oxygen-rich blood to and from the heart. Vascular diseases like peripheral arterial disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms involve blockages caused by a buildup of plaque and cholesterol. In some cases, your condition may require vascular surgery. The surgeons at SIU Medicine are trained to perform open and minimally invasive procedures, but they also see and treat patients who don't require surgery. Our specialists can treat many vascular problems with medication and exercise and will talk with you to ensure you know and understand your conditions and options.
Your health relies on the cardiovascular system maintaining its consistent metabolic equilibrium for your entire life. It’s a daunting task, and helps to explain why heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Our care teams include nationally recognized cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, and members with extensive training in subspecialties to help with your heart and vascular health.