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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, Personal C... more.
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American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association Inc
University of Louisville
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Prairie Education and Research Cooperative, PERC - Clinical Trial Management, Latest PERC Managed Trials, Trial Management Organization - TMO, Cardiovascular and Peripheral Vascular Research
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.
Prairie Heart Institute Online Â» Patient Guide
—Holly Novak, MD,
Director, Prevention Center Prairie Heart Institute
"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.
Classes and Events | St. Mary' s Hospital | Streator IL
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).
Fitness and Health in Springfield, Illinois
by Holly Novak, MD, Cardiologist, Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's Hospital
Cardiologist Holly Novak, MD, and her expert staff will provide you with an opportunity, not only to reduce your risk of heart disease, but to improve your overall health. Services available Heart disease screening and evaluation You'll receive a one-on-one consultation and individualized risk assessment with Dr. Novak.