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The 15 physicians at Heart and Vascular of Wisconsin continue the legacy of world-class comprehensive cardiovascular care that has been in place since this cardiology practice began in Appleton in 1968. With locations throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, we are proud to stay at the forefront of medicine by providing a full array of advanced cardiac treatment and testing services in hospitals and office settings, including our new Heart Institute located at 5045 W. Grande Market Drive, near the Fox River Mall.

Coronary Artery Disease

What is it: Coronary artery disease, sometimes referred to as CAD, is the most common type of heart disease. CAD happens when the arteries that supply blood the heart muscle become hardened and narrow. Typically, this is due to a buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, on the inner walls of the heart.

Early signs: Early signs of coronary artery disease may include pain, discomfort, pressure, tightness, numbness or a burning sensation in the chest, arms, shoulders, back, upper abdomen or jaw. It may also include dizziness, weakness or fatigue, nausea or vomiting or indigestion or heartburn.

If you’re experiencing any of these tendencies, seek medical attention.


What is it: An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, your heart beats too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. When your heart beats too fast, it is called tachycardia. The most common test used to diagnose an arrhythmia is an electrocardiogram, also known as an EKG or ECG.

Early signs: Early signs of an arrhythmia may include a fluttering in your chest, a racing heartbeat (tachycardia), a slow heartbeat (bradycardia), chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or dizziness, sweating or fainting.

If you’re experiencing any of these tendencies, seek medical attention.

Heart Disease

What is it: Heart disease, or sometimes called cardiovascular disease, generally refers to conditions that involve narrow or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or a stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, are also considered forms of heart disease.

Early signs: Early signs of heart disease may include several things. The most common sign is chest discomfort. Additional signs include nausea, indigestion, heartburn, and stomach pain. Others may have pain that spreads to the arm, lightheadedness or dizziness, throat or jaw pain, be easily exhausted, snoring and sweating.

Heart Failure

What is it: Heart failure means your heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be. Our bodies demand consistent pumping action to deliver oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to our body’s cells. When in heart failure, the weakened heart can’t supply the cells with enough blood.

Early signs: Early signs of heart failure include shortness of breath, fatigue/weakness, swelling of the legs, ankles or feet, rapid or irregular heartbeat, reduced ability to exercise and persistent coughing or wheezing (something with white or pink phlegm).

If you’re experiencing any of these tendencies, seek medical attention.


What is it: Hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure. This can lead to increased risk of heart disease, stroke or even death.

Early signs: Early signs of hypertension may include severe headaches, fatigue or confusion, vision problems, chest pain, difficulty breathing, irregular heartbeat, blood in your urine or pounding in your chest, neck or years.

If you’re experiencing any of these tendencies, seek medical attention.


Heart disease prevention is something we can all do; however, some factors may be outside our control. Preventable actions include eating a heart-healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Two diets recommended are the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (STOP) and a Mediterranean diet. In some studies, it has been found that heart disease is hereditary.

Regardless of your medical and family history, you should keep your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol in check. Additionally, engage in a physically active lifestyle, maintain healthy body weight and don’t smoke. Lastly, talk to your doctor about taking an aspirin every day.

If you want to be more proactive in your preventive measures, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians who can help you put together an individualized plan.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to limbs leaving people with leg pain while walking (claudication).

Claudication symptoms include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that is triggered by activity, such as walking but disappears after a few minutes of rest. The location of the pain depends on the location of the clogged or narrowed artery. Calf pain is the most common location.

The severity of claudication varies widely, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Severe claudication can make it hard for you to walk or do other types of physical activity.

Our Diagnostic Services will include:

Cardiac Telemetry

The ability to remotely monitor your heart rhythm during normal activity.

Computed Tomography

Uses a series of x-rays to diagnose heart and vascular diseases.  The Canon CT scanner at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin can scan your heart in a matter of seconds with an extremely low dose of radiation.

Nuclear Cardiology

Uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to show blood flow to the heart.  The Spectrum Dynamics Nuclear camera allows you to comfortably sit while your scan is being done, with less radiation and less time that traditional scanners.

Treadmill Testing

Tests your cardiovascular capacity by monitoring your heart rate and rhythm during a period of increasingly strenuous exercise.

Laboratory Services

We offer a full-service laboratory department:

  • X-ray – chest x-ray
  • Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiogram) – uses sound waves to evaluate your heart muscle and heart valves.
  • Vascular Ultrasound – uses sound waves to evaluate the arteries and veins in your neck, abdomen, and legs.
  • Vein Procedures including Sclerotherapy, effective treatment for varicose and spider veins and Laser Ablation Therapy, using a laser to treat varicose veins.

Future Services

Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin are committed to providing an inclusive inventory of services to our patients. Soon, we will also offer onsite cardiac catheterization, ablation and pacemaker implantation.

Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin
5045 W. Grande Market Dr.
Appleton, WI 54913

Phone: (920) 886-9380
Fax: (920) 886-9381

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