The Midwest Vascular Institute was established in 1993 as another example of the commitment to excellence provided by the Hopedale Medical Complex. Vascular surgery is the specialty which deals with diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic system of the body. These problems can be highly challenging and require skilled and experienced surgeons to obtain optimal results for the patients. The Midwest Vascular Institute was established to fill a void in this region and address the important needs of those within this community. Dr. Matthew Rossi and Dr. Phillip Rossi are board-certified; fellowship trained Vascular Surgeons and are full-time staff of the Midwest Vascular Institute.
Midwest Vascular Institute established one of the first vascular laboratories in Central Illinois to receive accreditation for noninvasive scanning of the abdominal arteries and veins, and this ICAVL accredited laboratory utilizes only certified vascular technicians. Hopedale Medical Complex was also one of the first hospitals in the United States to combine an arteriography suite within the confines of an operating room in order to allow a combination of stenting and open surgical procedures to be done at the same sitting. Midwest Vascular Institute follows its patients with a comprehensive vascular registry to help them remain up-to-date and optimally treat their vascular disease.
In December of 2014, HMC completed a $1 million upgrade to the existing Hybrid Angiography Suite. The update allows physicians to complete whatever they need to do as far as interventions go, plus the necessary open surgical procedures without having to move a patient. The upgrade also allows for complicated open and closed vascular procedures. The benefit to the patient is that everything is done at one time, by one person.
Midwest Vascular Institute Physicians and Technicians
Health and wellness are an important part of our mission at HMC, and the MVI provides free screening for stroke and aortic aneurysm. Without question, the best treatment for stroke is prevention, and identifying plaque in the carotid arteries before a stroke occurs is the best way to prevent stroke. Aortic aneurysm remains an important silent killer in the United States, and all individuals over the age of 50 should be screened for a weakening in the wall of their main bodily artery, which could lead to sudden and life-threatening rupture if left undetected. Thousands of patients have benefited from quick and painless testing in our accredited vascular laboratory. The quality of care at Midwest Vascular Institute is unparalleled, treating each person by name, and not just a patient number!
Vascular medical conditions treated at Midwest Vascular Institute include:
- Carotid occlusive disease
- TIA (Transient Ischemia Attack)
- Aortic aneurysm
- Non-healing leg ulcers
- Pain in the legs with walking (claudication)
- Severe hypertension due to narrowing of the kidney arteries
- Circulation disorders of the hands
- Blood clots in the veins of the legs and arms
- Varicose veins
- Leg swelling of unknown cause
- Clotting disorders
Procedures performed by Midwest Vascular Institute Physicians include:
Carotid endarterectomy – removal of plaque from the neck artery to prevent stroke
Aortic aneurysm repair – endovascular and open surgical repair
Angioplasty and stenting of the arteries throughout the body
Vein stripping and vein injection therapy
Dialysis shunt placement
Vena cava filter placement
Medical treatment of clot disorders (deep vein thrombosis) with clot lysis where appropriate
Treatment of vascular disease can be a complicated and challenging undertaking, and at Midwest Vascular Institute you can count on personal attention by board-certified Vascular Surgeons and a highly skilled staff on your team. We pride ourselves in offering the very latest technology and choosing the right approach for each individual patient combining the best of both worlds, surgical and endovascular techniques.
Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.
Spotting a stroke is the first step toward stopping it. If you can identify problems while giving this simple test, call 911 and seek medical attention immediately. Doing this could save your life or the life of someone you love. If you suspect a stroke, remember the Speech Test and act F.A.S.T.
F.A.S.T. – the Face, Arm, Speech Test. Remembering F.A.S.T. is an easy way to quickly identify the early warning signs of a stroke.
More ways to spot a stroke:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
- Remember, every minute counts. Do not wait. Call 911.
Hopedale Medical Complex offers low-cost stroke screenings, click here for more information on the various vascular screenings available at HMC.
Are you at risk for a stroke? Take the free assessment to see if you are at risk.
It is recommended that you speak with your primary physician about your risk factors of vascular and heart disease to see if one or more screening tests would be beneficial for you. While a doctor's order is not required to have a stroke screen done, it is required that your primary physician's contact information be provided before the stroke screen can be performed.
Heart disease (which includes heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases) is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 787,000 in 2011. Did you know that Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease killing nearly 380,000 people annually.
At Hopedale Medical Complex, our goal is to provide patients and our community with the education and the tools to prevent heart disease. While a family history of heart disease can increase your risk, there is something you can do to prevent becoming a statistic of heart disease.
In order to be able to prevent heart disease, it is important to recognize certain symptoms and risk factors of Heart Disease, such as:
- Age: Over 50 or post menopausal
- Ethnic Background: African-American or Hispanic American
- Family History: Parent or sibling had a heart attack or stroke
- Personal Medical History: Diabetes, heart disease, or stroke
- Blood Pressure: 140/90mmHg or higher
- Smoking: Smoking or live/work with someone who smokes
- Overweight: 20 pounds or more overweight
- Physical Activity: Less than 30 minutes of activity per day
- HDL ("good") Cholesterol: Less than 40mg/dL
- Total Cholesterol: 200mg/DL or higher
- HMC offers FREE Cholesterol screens. Check our calendar of events to find the next screening.
Heart Disease Prevention
Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. Alcohol consumption, diet, and lack of physical activity can all affect your health. If you are a smoker, quit now. If you need assistance with quitting, contact Hopedale Medical Complex for more information on a smoking cessation program. Avoid foods high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fatty acids. Stay away from foods with low nutritional value--especially those with lots of sugar, additives, and preservatives. Contact our Nutrition Services Department and our Registered Dietician can work with you on changing your diet. Try to commit to 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. If you are not sure how to begin an exercise routine and what is best for you, contact one of HMC's Exercise Specialists to get started. If you have diabetes, talk to your health care provider and have your blood sugar checked regularly. Losing just 10 to 15 percent of excess weight will reduce your chance of getting diabetes or help keep your current diabetes under control.
Knowing your cholesterol numbers is your best defense. Ask your doctor for your total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and Blood Glucose levels. With just a few simple tests as a regular part of your heart maintenance program, you can treat problems before they become a major health issue.
For additional assistance or if we can assist you in answering any questions, please call Hopedale Medical Complex at 309.449.3321.
For more information on Stroke prevention, education, and life after a stroke visit www.strokeassociation.org.
For more information on heart health visit www.heart.org .