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Our heart care team cares for heart conditions such as heart disease in northeast Wisconsin.

Prevea heart care

Heart disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Why choose Prevea for heart care?
We offer a dedicated team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, advanced practice providers, nurses and other health care professionals who are highly specialized and committed to providing lifesaving care for those with heart conditions.

Know your risk for heart disease 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 659,000 people—or 1 in 4—die from heart disease each year in the United States Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. At Prevea, we’re at the forefront of helping you understand your risk for heart disease and how to prevent heart disease. 

Several health conditions, such as your lifestyle, your age and family history can increase your risk for heart disease. These are called risk factors. According to the CDC, about half of all Americans (47%) have at least 1 of 3 key risk factors for heart disease:

  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol. 
  • Smoking or tobacco use.

Genetic factors (family history) can also play a role in the likelihood of developing heart disease and other related heart conditions. However, it’s also likely that people with a family history of heart disease share common environments, lifestyles and other factors that might increase their risk. 

And while heart disease can happen at any age, the risk does go up as you age. Also, some racial and ethnic groups are more likely to have conditions that increase their risk factors for heart disease. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups including African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives and white people. For Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics, heart disease is second only to cancer. 

Preventing heart disease

Did you know that you can prevent heart disease? Keeping your  blood pressurecholesterol and  blood sugar levels normal reduces your risk for  heart disease and  heart attack. Do this by living a healthy lifestyle, committing to choosing healthy habits, and taking charge of existing medical conditions that put you at higher risk.

When to see a cardiologist

If you have any of the following, please consult your primary health care provider or a cardiologist: 

  • Chest pain is the hallmark sign of a heart problem. It can also be a sign of a heart attack, which is a life-threatening emergency. Call 911 if you think you are having a heart attack. Remember that signs can be  different for men and women
  • High blood pressureespecially chronically elevated blood pressure, causes the heart to work harder to circulate blood and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. 
  • Shortness of breath, palpitations (a noticeably rapid, strong or irregular heartbeat) or dizziness. 
  • Diabetes. There is a strong correlation between cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 
  • Smoking is one of the major preventable risk factors for heart disease. 
  • High cholesterol can contribute to plaque in your arteries. Plaque buildup leads to clogged arteries which can cause heart attack, stroke and even death. 
  • Chronic kidney disease. If your kidneys don’t function your risk for heart disease increases. 
  • A family history of heart disease. 
  • You have  peripheral arterial disease (PAD). 
  • You’re inactive and planning to start an exercise routine. According to the CDC, it is recommended adults exercise 150 minutes a week in a moderate-intensity aerobic activity and do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week. Please talk to your health care provider if you haven’t been physically active in a while.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure for people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, a progressive disease that keeps the aortic valve from opening properly. The procedure allows a new valve to be placed without undergoing open-heart surgery.

Impella® heart pump technology

Impella is the only FDA-approved, non-surgical heart pump proven safe and effective to assist the pumping function of the heart during stent placement. The pump delivers blood and oxygen to the body and ensures blood flow to critical organs, providing a safer stenting procedure and better outcomes.

Key services

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery can be an option for patients who are considering an aortic or mitral valve repair or replacement. Minimally invasive heart valve surgery has many advantages, including less pain and shorter recovery time.

Coronary artery disease

Coronary artery disease (CAD) treatment. CAD is the buildup of plaque in the arteries and is the most common type of heart disease in the U.S. For some people the first sign of CAD is a heart attack. We provide comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment plans.

Heart valve clinic

Our heart valve clinic is the first and longest running experienced heart valve clinic in Green Bay. We provide education, monitoring and treatment options for all severities and types of valve disease and a comprehensive care team.

WATCHMAN procedure

WATCHMAN is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvular AFib) who need an alternative to blood thinners. It’s about the size of a quarter and made from very light and compact materials commonly used in many other medical implants.

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Next-day appointments and second opinions

Appointments are available Monday-Friday and self-referrals are welcome. We also welcome patients who would like a second opinion on their diagnosis and/or treatment plan.