Michael Sachell, a 55-year-old construction worker, began experiencing shortness of breath. Cardiac surgeon Daniel Ciaburri, MD, and cardiologist Abed Dehnee, MD, at the University of Chicago Medicine at Ingalls Memorial Hospital joined forces to provide life-saving, complex care, treating Sachell's congestive heart failure and a mitral valve defect in his heart.
Chest pain - also known as angina - is a key indicator of coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease that kills 370,000 people annually. We consulted University of Chicago Medicine interventional cardiologists Sandeep Nathan, MD, Jonathan Paul, MD, and Atman Shah, MD, to learn more about chest pain's causes, treatments, and when it indicates a serious coronary artery problem.
In celebration of Heart Month, we will be featuring regular insights from UChicago Medicine’s heart and vascular experts on how to be better caretakers of our hearts. And with good reason – heart disease is the number one killer of men and women, surpassing both cancer and stroke. Here are three steps you can take to be more mindful of your heart health.