Heart Attacks Happen with No Warning Signs

Posted on : 01-28-2015 | By : tsimons | In : Events, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Interview, News, screening, Success Stories, Video

DrDrinanMaryPatFalloon 006As 47 year-old Mary Pat Falloon was hiking with her girlfriends in the Arizona mountains, she noticed a heaviness sensation in her chest and down both her arms.

“I was living a healthy lifestyle – I exercised regularly and my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were in normal ranges,” said the Orland Park reisdent. “However to be safe, I had a stress test with Dr. Kathleen Drinan, who determined that I had a blockage. Then I had an angiogram that found a 95% blockage in my right coronary artery. I was treated with a coronary stent, and for several years been blessed with no further cardiac incidents.”

“Mary Pat had no significant traditional cardiac risk factors. She didn’t smoke, led a very healthy lifestyle, and had no family history of heart disease,” said Dr. Kathleen Drinan, board certified cardiologist, who is on the Silver Cross Hospital Medical Staff.

However, Mary Pat’s history of breast cancer, which occurred over 20 years earlier, alerted Dr. Drinan to investigate further. “The fact that Mary Pat’s breast cancer was treated with radiation therapy put her at risk for a coronary artery blockage,” said Dr. Drinan.  “Mary Pat’s unusual occurrence is why patients and health care professionals must continue to educate themselves on the unique presentation of heart disease in women, so they can follow a different approach when evaluating women for the disease.”

Dr. Drinan notes that younger women who had gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy associated hypertension, or chronic inflammatory disease need to be evaluated for their lifetime risk of heart disease. “For years, these prior illnesses were not recognized as risks for the development of heart disease, and so many women were not diagnosed or treated with appropriate treatments,” said Dr. Drinan.

Free Lecture – Girl Talk:  Women & Heart Disease

Join Dr. Kathleen Drinan, cardiologist, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, for a special Girl Talk:  Women and Heart Disease seminar.  At this free program, participants will learn the facts about heart disease and what women need to do to prevent heart attacks.  Register to attend this free program online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

Free Smoothie for Getting Cardiac Risk Assessment

Keep your heart running smoothly with a Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment. The $40 screening includes measurements of total cholesterol including HDL and LDL levels, blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat; 12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. A 12-hour fast is required.   Individuals who call (815) 300-7076 during the month of February to schedule an appointment at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen or Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox will receive a heart-healthy smoothie in a keepsake cup from Café 1900 at Silver Cross Hospital, an I Matter card which can be used for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses; and will be entered in a raffle to win a NutriBullet.  Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at time of appointment. Insurance will not be billed.

I Matter: Give the Gift of Flowers

Posted on : 12-09-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, Discounts, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, Mammography, screening

Flowers can be a brilliant way to decorate your home during the holidays. They bring a more natural feel to a room’s décor than some ornaments and decorations. You can also use flowers to add color to the table on Christmas Day and can play a huge part in your festive decorating.

Here are 10 Christmas flowers you should have in your home this year or send to someone special.

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  2. Poinsettias
  3. Chrysanthemums
  4. Orchids
  5. Carnations
  6. Lilies
  7. Anemone
  8. Lisianthus
  9. Calla Lily
  10. Hyacinths

Now you can save 5-10% off every bouquet or arrangement with the following florists when you present your I Matter card—not only at Christmastime, but all year long. Consider it our gift to you for taking care of yourself by getting your annual mammogram and/or heart screening.

If you don’t have an I Matter card, you can sign-up for this free rewards program today. Next time you come to Silver Cross Hospital for your health screening, you will receive your card. It is that easy.

Request an appointment for a screening online or call (815) 300-7076. A physician’s order is required for a mammogram.

I Matter Discount: FnA Bicycles

Posted on : 12-02-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

At some point, every kid (young or old) wants a shiny, new bike for Christmas. So why not make someone’s holiday and save a little cash at the same time. You can save 5-10% at FnA Bicycles in New Lenox when using your I Matter member discount. At FnA, they carry the best Felt® bicycle models for any riding style and budget including:

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  • Hybrid
  • Lifestyle
  • Mountain
  • Road
  • And Tri

Or, if your current bike needs a little TLC, FnA offers repairs and maintenance service. In fact, they sell tubes and tires for just $5 plus the cost of parts. FnA is conveniently located inside Motorcycle Medic at 1303 S. Schoolhouse Rd., New Lenox. Click for directions.

Gift that Keeps on Giving

This holiday season – and all year long, when you donate any new, used, malnourished or under-maintained bicycle, FnA will service them making them safe and ride worthy. They will then donate the bikes to families, kids or adults without means to purchase their own.

For more information on how to donate or information on bicycles in stock, call (815) 717-8599.

Need an I Matter Discount Card?

IMatter Discount CardIf you are not an I Matter member, you can sign-up for free online or by calling 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).  When you come to Silver Cross Hospital for your annual mammogram or heart screening, you will receive your I Matter discount card. It’s that easy. Plus throughout the year, you will receive valuable health information, invitations to special events, and deals and discounts at over 100 local businesses.  Taking care of yourself really is rewarding!

I Matter: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sales

Posted on : 11-17-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

Two Women Looking at GarmentWhen you are out and about grabbing those Black Friday deals (11/28) and Small Business Saturday (11/29) specials, stop by the following locations for extra savings on top of your 5-10% I Matter member discount? Just show your I Matter card to the clerk!  Not an I Matter member?  Sign-up for Free today.  Happy shopping!

Budget Blinds
Free Cordless on Cellular or Pleated Shades
(708) 444-1737

No enrollment fee for new members ($99 value) at the following locations:

  • 1007 Essington Rd.
    Joliet, IL
    (815) 725-5588
  • 1395 C Main St.
    Crete, IL
    (708) 672-3700
  •  20833 S. La Grange Rd.
    Frankfort, IL
    (815) 464-3276
  •  25624 S. Gougar Rd.
    Manhattan, IL
    (815) 478-7824
  •  12410 Horseshoe Lane #4&5
    New Lenox, IL
    (815) 462-1336

Jeffrey LaMorte Salon & Spa
Buy one get one free liter sale. Plus purchase a $75 Gift Card and receive $10 FREE or purchase a $100 gift card and receive $15 FREE.

  • Frankfort Town Center
    20821 S. LaGrange Rd.
    Frankfort, IL
  • Ravinia Plaza
    15194 South LaGrange Road
    Orland Park, IL
  • 1243 South State Street
    Lemont, IL

Motorcycle Medic
No larbor charge on oil/filter change ($25 value)

Sharon’s Holistic Living
FREE ebook:  Living Slim, Sexy & Smart with Essential Oils with any essential oil purchase at www.SharonHolisticLiving.com under the SHOP tab.

Smokey Barque
Half price dessert with an entree
20 Kansas St, Frankfort

TCBY Shorewood
50% off a cup of yogurt
930 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood
(815) 577-8229


Heart & Sole Dance Studio
50-minute private lesson for $30 ($95 value)
7038 W. 183rd Pl.
Tinley Park, IL

Motorcycle Medic
No larbor charge on oil/filter change ($25 value)

Smokey Barque
Half price dessert with an entree
20 Kansas St, Frankfort

TCBY Shorewood
50% off a cup of yogurt
930 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood, IL 60404
(815) 577-8229



I Matter Benefits: C.P. Meat Market

Posted on : 10-31-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Business Sponsors, I Matter Benefits

i matter logo 2With the holidays coming up, it’s time to start thinking about what you will be cooking for your family gatherings. You will want to make sure to get your order in early especially if you are feeding a crowd or serving up something unique like a duck or pheasant! C.P. Meat Market in New Lenox is a great place to start. They have been regarded as one of the finest top-grade butcher shops/sausage specialists in the Chicagoland area.

cp meat 2Family-owned since 1976, Bill Przybylski and Ken Vicich offer the finest porterhouse steaks and thick boneless filets, mouthwatering home-made smoked and fresh polish sausages, hand- cranked and specially seasoned bratwurst, beef jerky, stuffed chicken breasts, tender roast, homemade pot pies, smoked barbecued pulled pork and more.  The store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and they ship around the country. They also provide their customers with cooking tips and tasty recipes as well as step-by-step instructions on how to roast your Thanksgiving turkey and storing any leftovers.

Because Bill, Ken and the rest of the team at C.P. Meat Market care that you eat right and take care of yourself by getting annual health screenings, they offer I Matter members 5-10% off all purchases. Just present your I Matter card at check-out to take advantage of this delicious deal. If your card has expired or you don’t have one, just come in to Silver Cross Hospital for your annual mammogram or cardiac screening. You will receive your membership card at the time of your appointment, which can be used at C.P. Meat Market and over 100 other local businesses for valuable discounts. You can request an appointment online or call (815) 300-7076. Hurry. The holidays will be here before you know it!


I Matter Members: Save 20% at Jeffrey LaMorte Salon & Day Spa

Posted on : 10-13-2014 | By : tsimons | In : breast cancer, Discounts, I Matter Benefits, Mammography

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Jeffrey LaMorte Salon and Spa is offering Silver Cross I Matter members 20% off 20 amazing products in addition to your regular 5-10% off any service through December.

logo“At our salons, we offer only the finest available hair and beauty products,” said Kelly Glister, General Manager. “Before we choose a product for our store, we test it to ensure the ingredients are of the highest quality and that the results are nothing short of spectacular.”

Products on sale include:

Jeffrey LaMorte Brand
Keratin Therapy Shampoo
Keratin Therapy Condition
Keratin Therapy
Elixir 11
Volume Infusion
Freshen Up
Colormoist Conditioner

Kevin Murphy
Shimmer Shine
Night Rider
Hair Resort Spray

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Blonde Shampoo
Blonde Condition
Blonde Balm
Curl Spray
Finishing Spray
Transforming Spray
Freezing Spray

Green Envee Scrubs
Moroccanoil Brushes (excludes Boar Bristle Brushes)

IMatter Discount CardTo take advantage of these exciting offers, just show your I Matter member card at time of purchase at one of these locations:

  • Frankfort:      815-469-0660
  • Orland Park:    708-364-0660
  • Lemont:           630-243-0660

You can either call one of the numbers above or book your appointment online. If you don’t have an I Matter card or yours has expired, you will receive one next time you come to the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for your mammogram.   And if you book your screening before the end of October, you can take advantage of the special $100 price if you choose to pay at time of service. It’s our way of rewarding you for taking care of yourself during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.




I Matter Members Save at My Sisters & Me Boutique

Posted on : 09-29-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

10641252_10152405562096819_4647482280088874045_nIt’s boots season ladies! And the word on the street is that we are expecting another harsh Midwest winter. So you had better stock up, which means a pair in ever color. And while you are at it, better grab a sassy scarf or two as well. Just stop by My Sisters and Me Boutique located in the Trolley Barn in historic downtown Frankfort. Owner Corey Weaver offers stylish and outside-the-department-store clothing options for women along with a wide variety of accessories including the popular Brighton. Every day the store looks different with new items arriving every week.

i matter logo 2By partnering with Silver Cross, Corey rewards women for getting their annual health screenings like a mammogram and heart test with valuable discounts on every purchase. Just present your I Matter card when you are ready to check out.

How do I get an I Matter card, you ask? It’s quite easy. First you have to sign-up for the I Matter program. Don’t worry, it’s free. Once you register you will receive important information to help you stay healthy including invitations to special events as well as coupons and other perks from over 100 local businesses throughout the year. Then, when you come to Silver Cross for your annual mammogram or cardiac test, we will hand you your very own I Matter card so you can start shopping and enjoy all the other benefits that come with taking care of yourself.

My Sisters and Me Boutique is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here or call (815) 464-8373.


I Matter Benefit: Pampered Puppy Dog Grooming

Posted on : 09-15-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, I Matter Benefits

e663c880d0d0400559096d666b434798Does your pooch need a pedicure or maybe a mud treatment and massage? Why not book an appointment with Pampered Puppy Dog Grooming and save 5-10% off? Just present your Silver Cross I Matter card at time of service for valuable savings on your dog’s next grooming. If you don’t have an I Matter card or need a new one, sign-up today online and you will receive your card next time your come to Silver Cross from your annual Mammogram or Cardiac Screening.

With over 20 years of professional experience in dog grooming, Joanne Polyak, the owner of Pampered Puppy Dog Grooming, is a graduate of Midwest School of Dog Grooming. She has owned dogs her entire life and care about each one of her “clients” as if they were her own. The shop is located off River Rd.–between Black Rd. and Jefferson St. in Shorewood

She offers the following services for your canine companion:

  • Nail Trims/Nail Filing
  • Bath and Brush Out
  • Bath and Haircut/Full Service Grooming
  • Teethbrushing
  • PlaqClnz Oral Hygiene Tarter/Plaque Removal
  • Madra Mor Mud Treatments with oatmeal bath and massage
  • Special shampoos available: Oatmeal, Whitening, Neem, hypo-allergenic

To schedule an appointment, call (815) 260-0026.

I Matter Benefits: Curves

Posted on : 08-26-2014 | By : tsimons | In : I Matter Benefits


Curves Open House Full Page FlyerDid you know that I Matter members can save 5-10% off their membership at the following Curves?

  • Crete                                
  • Frankfort                           
  • Joliet                                 
  • Manhattan/Elwood          
  • New Lenox                       

Just present your I Matter card at any of the participating locations listed above. If you don’t have an I Matter card, you will receive one when you come to Silver Cross Hospital for your annual mammography* or heart screening.  To schedule an appointment, call (815)  300-7076.

If you are not an I Matter member, click here to join our free program!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to reap the rewards at over 100 local businesses including Curves just for taking care of yourself.


* A physician’s order is required for a mammography screening.


September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month: Do you know your numbers?

Posted on : 08-20-2014 | By : tsimons | In : Discounts, Heart Health, I Matter Benefits, screening

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Because there’s often a strong correlation between elevated levels of blood cholesterol and heart disease, most healthcare providers consider blood cholesterol testing an extremely valuable diagnostic tool. Cholesterol is associated with a group of fatty substances called lipids that move through the bloodstream attached to proteins.  When the lipid and the protein join, they become a molecule called a lipoprotein. Cholesterol is associated with different lipoproteins, all of which have different effects on cardiovascular health. 

A high level of bad cholesterol and other blood lipids is most often associated with atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits on arterial walls that often leads to heart attacks. Coronary artery disease is also associated with a high blood cholesterol reading.

Measuring cholesterol actually involves three blood fats: low-density lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol (also called “bad” cholesterol); high-density lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol (also called “good” cholesterol); and triglycerides. In evaluating a person’s cholesterol level, the healthcare provider will look at total cholesterol, triglycerides and the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol.

Most healthcare providers consider that:

  • A total cholesterol level of 240 or above is high. They usually monitor patients with these levels, carefully using regular testing and therapy.
  • A reading of 200 to 239 is considered borderline or high if other cardiac risk factors such as a family history of heart disease are present.
  • A reading below 200 is low and therefore desirable.

If you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, ask your healthcare provider to check your cholesterol level. If your cholesterol level is too high for good health, ask your healthcare provider to recommend a diet and exercise program that will help bring your cholesterol level down.

Discounted Baseline Cardiac Risk Assessment

For just $40 women (and men) can lean their cholesterol levels  including HDL and LDL levels, as well as blood glucose level, triglyceride level, blood pressure and body fat.  A 12-hour fast is required. You will also receive a  12-lead EKG, health and lifestyle evaluation, and a personal phone consultation with a registered cardiac nurse to review results and answer questions. I Matter members will also receive their reward card for valuable discounts at over 100 local businesses.  Screenings are held at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and the Silver Cross Health Center in Homer Glen.   

To schedule an appointment, call (815) 300-7076.