Physicians at the Rush University Prevention Center are specialists in preventive cardiology, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and allergy and asthma. They have expertise in the diagnosis and management of the following conditions:
Hypertension and heart disease prevention: The Rush University Prevention Center assesses patients, typically for a second or third opinion, who have had difficulty with blood pressure control or who are at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Physicians at the center provide expert consultation for patients with hypertension, or who are seeking to prevent cardiovascular problems or endocrine disease. The center offers special expertise in the care of patients with secondary hypertension — that is, high blood pressure due to a specific cause, like a blocked renal artery or a tumor — and people with diabetes and renal insufficiency.
Diabetes screening and prevention: Before developing type 2 diabetes, most patients have "pre-diabetes" — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to merit a diagnosis of diabetes. Research has shown that in this pre-diabetes stage, some long-term damage may already be occurring to the body. Research has also indicated that if blood glucose levels are managed during pre-diabetes, patients can delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends diabetes testing for people who: are 40 years of age and older; are overweight; have diabetes in their family; are members of a high risk ethnic group (Native American, Hispanic, African American, Asian); had gestational diabetes mellitus or a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth; have high blood pressure; have abnormal blood fat (cholesterol, triglyceride); have a history of abnormal glucose tests; and/or have impaired glucose tolerance or fasting glucose (previously called borderline diabetes). For these at-risk individuals, early detection is key and with proper nutrition and exercise, prevention may even be achieved. Our endocrinologists are available to screen patients for diabetes and heart disease risk and to utilize the latest therapies for the prevention of these conditions.
Metabolic Syndrome, Diagnosis and Management: Metabolic syndrome is the condition of impaired food processing for energy production to sustain life. High blood pressure, obesity, pre-diabetes, and abnormal cholesterol, high triglycerides, gout, polycystic ovary syndrome, erectile dysfunction all can be components of complications of metabolic syndrome. According to the American Heart Association data, metabolic syndrome affects a quarter of American adults. The main symptom is increasing waistline. It is important to be tested and treated for these metabolic-related disorders because they put you at a higher risk for a number of serious conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke — the preventable conditions.
Asthma Management: More than 25 million people in the United States have asthma, including children, adults and older adults. Asthma is characterized by symptoms of shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. Many people with asthma have activity limitations, miss work or school, or have to go to the emergency room for asthma attacks. The Rush University Prevention Center can assist patients with asthma management, including personalized evaluation and counseling on avoidance of environmental triggers (such as pollens, mold, dust mites); symptom- and peak flow-based asthma self monitoring; and appropriate use of controller and quick-relief medications to control symptoms and prevent asthma attacks. Testing for environmental allergens and spirometric evaluation of lung function are also available. Our goal is to help patients and their families control their asthma so they can lead healthy active lives.
Call us at (312) 942-3133 to for more information or to schedule and appointment.