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Prairie Heart Institute
619 E. Mason
Prairie Cardiovascular is a pioneering organization. Its history dates back to 1979 when James T. Dove, M.D., envisioned a greater cardiovascular practice in central Illinois - a regional referral center - based on the motto "Quality, Compassionate, Perso
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Holly Novak, M.D.
Holly A. Novak, M.D. is a cardiologist with Prairie Cardiovascular, certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.
Dr. Novak received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois, and was a Cardiology Fellow at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
She is also a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, for which she serves on the National Prevention Committee, and a member of the American Heart Association.
Throughout her career, Dr. Novak has developed a cardiac surgery program for a community hospital, which was named to the top one hundred Cardiac Hospitals in the country; served in multiple leadership roles for a community hospital, including chief of staff; established and developed a cardiac practice; developed a Rural Health Initiative with the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Cardiology; and designed and developed a community screening program for cardiovascular disease.
personal goal is to help prevent heart disease by developing a strong prevention program with a special emphasis on women's cardiovascular health.
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Prairie Heart Institute's Dr. Holly Novak is coming to the Logan County Fair to raise awareness about rural residents' risk of cardiovascular disease
August 2004 --- (Springfield, IL) If you don't make a trip to this year's Logan County Fair, you won't just miss out on the corn dogs, lemon shake-ups and spins on the Ferris wheel.You could miss a life-saving opportunity to determine your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Not many doctors spend their summer touring county fairs, but, not every doctor is as dedicated to cardiovascular disease education and prevention as Dr. Holly Novak
.Novak is the current director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Center and founding director of the Women's Health Program at Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.She
will conduct free health screenings at county fairs across the state as part of her
Rural Health Project.
According to Novak
, the risk of cardiovascular disease is much worse in rural counties than in the collar or metropolitan counties."The death rate in rural counties is so much higher; it is remarkable," she
The Rural Health Project aims to raise awareness and education about rural residents' high risk levels, Novak
said.Research data will also be collected at these screenings.
"Fifty percent of the American population's cholesterol is over 200," Novak
said."We are looking to see if this number is even higher in rural areas."
Rural residents are at risk for several reasons.They often have inadequate access to healthcare, a lack of healthcare providers and/or health insurance with no prevention coverage, Novak
will be present at each fair location to assist and supervise.
in the fight against cardiovascular disease and find out your risk level.
"Oftentimes, the patients that are ...
"Oftentimes, the patients that are studied in these instances are older and sicker," said Dr. Holly Novak, the medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield, Ill. "The new guidelines took other factors into consideration that occur in women of all ages -- pregnancy, other illnesses, such as lupus, and socioeconomic factors, such as ethnicity."
Pregnancy complications are areas that have not been considered in the past.
Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension can all increase the risk for heart disease, so women are encouraged to talk with their doctors about their risks if they have had these health issues.
"Women who develop high blood pressure or diabetes in pregnancy often continue to have those problems after pregnancy, and this puts them at greater risk of heart disease," said Novak
"Many patients have financial challenges that keep them from purchasing their medications," said Novak
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—Holly Novak, MD,
Director, Prevention Center
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Learn more at a presentation given by Dr. Holly Novak, clinical cardiologist with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants and founding director of the Women's Health Program at Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital in Springfield on Tuesday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. in St. Mary's Assembly Hall (basement).