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Dr. Holly A. Novak

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Phone: (217) ***-****  HQ Phone
Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants , Ltd
619 E. Mason
Springfield , Illinois 62701
United States

Company Description: Prairie Cardiovascular is a pioneering organization. Its history dates back to 1979 when James T. Dove, M.D., envisioned a greater cardiovascular practice in...   more

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  • M.D.
  • medical degree
    Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
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Prairie Education and Research Cooperative, PERC - Clinical Trial Management, Latest PERC Managed Trials, Trial Management Organization - TMO, Cardiovascular and Peripheral Vascular Research, 7 May 2015 [cached]
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. Her personal goal is to help prevent heart disease by developing a strong prevention program with a special emphasis on women's cardiovascular health.
Valentine's Day: Good for the Heart, 18 June 2003 [cached]
Yet the studies on different types of alcohol have been small, and don't show as much effect on increasing good cholesterol, says Holly Novak, MD, director of prevention and women's health at Prairie Cardiovascular in Springfield, Ill.
"Whether it's a small box of chocolates, red roses, or it's time spent together, the point is to give a gift on Valentine's Day to somebody you care about," says Novak, reminding that the effort is what usually touches a person's heart.
Holly Novak, MD, director, prevention and women's health, Prairie Cardiovascular, Springfield, Ill.
Prairie Heart Institute's ..., 28 Sept 2004 [cached]
Prairie Heart Institute's Dr. Holly Novak is coming to the Morgan County Fair to raise awareness about rural residents' risk of cardiovascular disease
July 2004 --- (Springfield, IL) If you don't make a trip to this year's Morgan 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 said.
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 said.
Novak will be present at each fair location to assist and supervise.
Help Novak in the fight against cardiovascular disease and find out your risk level.
"Oftentimes, the patients that are ..., 9 Mar 2011 [cached]
"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.
SJ-R.COM - Atkins revisited, 28 Jan 2003 [cached]
says Dr. Holly Novak, a cardiologist at Prairie Heart Institute."No.Any good diet brings cholesterol down, sometimes as much as 20 percent.But there's real danger that a high-fat diet could actually boost cholesterol over time."
The problem, says Novak, is that the medical profession doesn't understand obesity all that well.She says things like appetite and the way the body absorbs food need a lot more study.
"By nature, we're hunters and gatherers," she says."We think we should eat everything we bring home.Add to that our inactive jobs and lifestyles and the eat-all-you-want buffets.No wonder people are confused about weight."
Adding to the confusion are media reports about a study funded by the Robert C. Atkins Foundation that created the impression that the American Heart Association is backing the forces of high-fat eating.
"We don't know why they can do that, "says Novak."We just know it's hard to like them."
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