SBL Cardiovascular Services
The Heart Center
SBL Effingham Cardiology
Meet the Sarah Bush Lincoln cardiology team at the SBL Heart Center and SBL Effingham Cardiology. We are pleased to bring these great minds together to care for the cardiovascular needs in our community. Their breadth of knowledge is deep, and they work in unison to provide extraordinary care.
The SBL Heart Center
The Heart Center offers a full range of cardiovascular services, including diagnostic testing, treatments, screening programs, disease management and prevention initiatives. It provides area residents with technologically advanced cardiac care close to home. The Heart Center is spacious and beautiful providing services in one easy access through Entrance H at the Health Center.
SBL Effingham Cardiology
Growing up in Teutopolis, Cory Hess has lived and worked in St. Louis for 15 years and is excited to join the SBL Effingham Cardiology Clinic at the SBL Bonutti Clinic in Effingham, IL. He will be working with SBL Cardiologists Michael LaMonto, DO, and Batlagundu Lakshminarayanan, MD (Dr. Lakshmi), who will visit the clinic many times monthly.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women – about one in four people will die from heart disease each year. That’s why Sarah Bush Lincoln recently invested in a contemporary and comforting Heart Center so it could continue its culture of offering the gold standard of care to all of its patients.
- Interventional & diagnostic cardiac catheterization
- Two catheterization labs
- Expanded exam rooms
- Extensive cardiac rehabilitation
- Stress testing and echocardiography
- Pulmonary function testing
- EKG and nuclear medicine services
This extensive network often lessens the stress on our patients and eliminates travel for them and their families. It’s better for their health. If a person’s condition requires they be transferred to St. Louis for additional services, we will coordinate that care with their primary physician and ensure they are sent back to the community for any follow-up care.
Continuity of Care
Communication with patients’ primary care providers and continuity of care for patients is of utmost importance. The Heart Center pairs its doctors and patients so together they walk the patient’s journey to recovery.
To make an appointment with one of the cardiologists, please call The Heart Center at 217-238-4960.
Pulmonologist, Dr. Topin cares for people with acute and chronic lung conditions. When he is in the Critical Care Unit, he takes care of patients who need advanced life support and mechanical ventilation. Dr. Topin diagnoses and treats a range of respiratory issues, including shortness of breath, asthma, COPD, emphysema and interstitial lung disease. Dr. Topin provides pulmonary function studies and procedures such as bronchoscopies and scopes of the lungs to diagnose lung disease, plus he collaborates with experts in nearly every specialty to deliver effective, personalized care.
Sarah Bush Lincoln is pleased to offer services for the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart beats (arrhythmias), after establishing a partnership with two cardiac electrophysiologists. Michael Broman, MD, and Abraham Kocheril, MD, are now offering clinic visits at the SBL Heart Center on select Fridays. Electrophysiologists conduct specialized tests and procedures such as electrophysiology studies (EPS), ablations, pacemaker placement, and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion to treat arrhythmias.
Diagnostic, Screening and Treatment Capabilities
• EKG - Holter (24 hour) and 30 Day Event Monitoring
• Exercise Stress Testing & Stress Echocardiography
• Nuclear Stress Test
• Transesophageal Echocardography
• Cardiac Cath (right and left)
• Peripheral Angioplasty
• Vascular Ultrasound
• Cardiac CT Angiography
• Pacemaker Services (remote monitoring and evaluation clinic)
• Venous ablation procedure
• Tilt table procedure
• Cardiac monitor insertion
Heart to Heart
The cardiovascular screening program is designed to increase awareness of heart health and wellness. It offers people an opportunity to have performed several screens that may reveal interrated and potentially life-threatening diesease.
The basic screening includes:
- blood sugar
- blood pressure
- body mass index
- cardiac CT - calcium scoring
- coronary risk profile (cholesterol)
- electrocardiogram (EKG)
- kidney function
The following screens are offered to detect peripheral vascular disease:
- abdominal aortic disease
- ankle brachial index
- carotid ultrasound
For more information about Heart to Heart, or to make an appointment, email Kristina Bushue, or call 217-258-2238.
The team of experts in Monitored Exercise Testing Services (METS) is dedicated to helping patients who have (or are at risk of developing) heart disease, lung disease or diabetes.
The METS team is comprised of doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists, respiratory therapists, dietitians and certified diabetes educators. Team members help people identify the right wellness programs for them and then get them back on their feet to create a lasting, healthy lifestyle.
Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people who have heart disease or who have had a heart attack or a heart procedure such as angioplasty, stenting, bypass surgery, valve replacement surgery or heart transplant. Rehabilitation is a strategy for creating a heart-healthy lifestyle to prevent problems from recurring.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma or other serious lung conditions. Although there are no cures for these diseases, there are effective therapeutic techniques that can help improve health, decrease hospitalizations and improve quality of life.
During cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation,
- a team of experts evaluates participants’ conditions and develops individualized exercise programs.
- participants’ heart rates and rhythms (or lungs are continually monitored so individual programs can be fine-tuned along the way.
- participants report that receiving education while they exercise makes classes more enjoyable and encourages support, interaction with other class participants and the sharing of ideas.
Living with Diabetes
This exercise and education program is designed for people with diabetes – from those who have just been diagnosed to those who have been living with diabetes but who want to be healthier and feel better. Participants work one-on-one with a registered dietitian and a registered nurse, both certified diabetes educators, to evaluate their health statuses, including completing a full nutrition assessment, to find a path forward. For more information, email Paula Enstrom, or call 217-238-4808.
The Heart Center’s programs are fun, engaging and motivational, and they provide participants with the tools they need to take control of their health! Most classes meet two or three days per week, and many are covered by insurance. Some classes have a small fee. The staff is happy to help those who are interested determine which class is the right fit and what the costs might be, if any.
Please call METS for more information, or to join a class at 217-258-2334.