Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin Voted Best Cardiology Care in the Fox Valley

Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the 2020 Post Crescent Best of the Valley contest!

Last year we opened the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin with some lofty aspirations. We felt strongly that returning to an independent medical practice gave our physicians greater freedom and control over how they practice medicine. We felt that having more choices for cardiovascular care was better for patients in northeast Wisconsin.  And, most importantly, we felt that we could provide higher quality care, better service, and at a lower cost for our patients.

When we opened on April 1, 2019, we didn’t know what to expect. We were overwhelmed by the community support and the large percentage of our patients who followed us to Heart and Vascular. Since then, we found that becoming an independent practice has allowed a whole group of new patients to access us who otherwise might not have chosen us in the past when we were part of a single health system.

To look back and celebrate such a successful first year made us feel very blessed and thankful. But last week to find out we had been voted as Best of the Valley for Cardiology Care was an honor beyond belief. Along with the additional recognition of two of our physicians, Dr. Mannebach and Dr. Chapman, being named as finalists for Best Cardiology Care and Best General Physician, it’s been an honor and privilege that’s been hard to put into words.

On behalf of the 100+ physicians and staff at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin, thank you for your tremendous support. More importantly, thank you for the opportunity to take care of you and your family members in the fight against heart disease.

With heartfelt appreciation,

Larry Sobal

CEO of Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin


With roots in Appleton since 1968, the physicians and providers of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin deliver compassionate care at six locations throughout eastern Wisconsin by using advanced and innovative technologies to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments.


Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin’s Latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy

This information is current as of January 25 at 9 A.M.

Vaccine Update

Now that two vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved for distribution in the U.S., we are seeing an increase in the amount of phone calls and questions asking to be given the vaccine or put on a list. Please note the following:

  1. Who receives COVID vaccines, and when they will get them, is determined by the State of Wisconsin Vaccine Distribution Oversight Committee, which is part of the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee.
  2. The first group chosen to receive vaccines (known as priority group Phase 1A) are healthcare workers and long term care facility residents and staff. These vaccinations have now begun and are being distributed across the state.
  3. Heart and Vascular Institute employees have started to receive their vaccinations as part of the Phase 1A distribution.
  4. The next priority group to receive vaccines in Wisconsin (Phase 1B) is expected to receive the vaccine around March 1st.
  5. Heart and Vascular Institute has applied to be a COVID vaccine distribution site. However, we have not heard from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services whether we will be selected.
  6. If selected, Heart and Vascular Institute will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the State of Wisconsin in determining who/when patients become eligible for a vaccine shot. However, until all Heart and Vascular Institute physicians and employees are immunized, we will not begin patient vaccination.
  7. If you’ve received the vaccine already, we are asking that you still wear a mask while inside the building.
  8. Patients should monitor our website, as well as this Facebook page, for current updates. Information will be posted there as it becomes available.

This entire vaccination process is a logistical challenge never before experienced in the United States and across the world. Information changes hourly and we are at the mercy of others at the State and federal levels to decide on vaccine availability and priority. We are doing everything we can to make sure we get vaccines as quickly as possible, or direct people to where they are available, and ask everyone to be patient.

COVID-19 Vaccine Current Eligible Populations Chart

COVID-19 Policies for Patients and Employees

To help do our part in limiting the spread of COVID-19, the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin has implemented several health and safety policies for both patients and our employees. These rules will go into effect immediately and will remain in place until further notice.

Signs will be posted at the entrance to our building to inform everyone of our new policies, and we’ll be updating this web page throughout the pandemic as any policies change. Below, we’ve outlined our policy both patients and employees:

Patients & Visitors

To help limit the spread of coronavirus, we ask that you do not enter the building if you answer YES to any of these questions:

  • Did you receive a positive COVID test within the past 10 days?
  • Did you recently get tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results?
  • Are you currently isolating or quarantining because you have been exposed to a person with COVID-19, or worried you may be sick?
  • Within the past 10 days, have you been in close contact or (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes without wearing a mask) with a person known to have recently tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you had the onset of any of the following symptoms within the past 48 hours?
    • High fever or chills
    • Persistent cough
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
    • Persistent headache
    • Significant congestion

*Note that this list is not all inclusive of possible COVID-19 symptoms. 

If any of the above instances apply to you, please return to your car and contact us to reschedule your appointment. If you have any symptoms listed above that are severe and you’re worried about your health and safety, call 911 immediately or go to your local emergency room.

We’re also asking patients to follow several procedures once inside the building:

  • Only ONE adult guest is permitted with you
  • Maintain a safe 6-foot distance between you and others waiting in line in the lobby
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask at all times. We will provide a mask if needed.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after your office visit or test procedure
  • If you prefer to wait in your car, please provide us your cell phone number so we can alert you when your appointment is ready

Regarding visitors, we encourage patients to limit attending family members to one person per visit (age 18+).

For any non-patient visitors (i.e., vendors), please call or email us instead of making an on-site visit.


All employees at the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin have been updated on the latest CDC guidance on infection prevention measures for health care workers. Likewise, all employees are subject to the same restrictions from entering the building listed above, and have been instructed to stay home if not feeling well or displaying any symptoms of coronavirus. In addition, all Heart and Vascular Institute employees are required to wear a protective mask while working, and we have also added several protective plastic barriers at our front desk to help limit the spread of germs.

We’ve also dramatically increased the cleaning and disinfecting done in our testing and evaluation rooms, public spaces, and employee work areas to minimize any potential spreading of the virus.

Additional Resources

Information about the virus is changing every day, and it’s important that you stay up-to-date. Use the links below if you have any additional questions:

Let’s all do our part to help limit spread!


With roots in Appleton since 1968, the physicians and providers of the Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin deliver compassionate care at six locations throughout eastern Wisconsin by using advanced and innovative technologies to provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments.

10 Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas from the American Heart Association

10 Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day Ideas from the American Heart Association

Valentine’s Day is all about showing your sweetheart how much you care about them. With it being National Heart Month, it’s also important that you show your heart how much you care about it, too! If you and your loved one are looking to indulge in some heart-healthy Valentine’s Day activities, here are some of our favorite ideas taken from the American Heart Association.

  1. Rather than tempting your loved one with chocolates, send a fruit basket that has natural sugar and healthy nutrients instead of sweets with added sugars.
  2. Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Bundle up and plan a heart-healthy activity like ice skating, a wintery walk, or if you’re feeling adventurous, visit an indoor rock-climbing wall!
  3. If your children are having Valentine’s Day party at their school or daycare, consider sending pretzels, pencils, or stickers as tokens of their friendly affection, instead of candy.
  4. Cooking at home is an excellent way to control the quality and amounts of what you eat. Spend time with your loved one learning a new heart-healthy recipe and preparing a romantic, candlelit dinner.
  5. If you do go out for a romantic dinner date, consider ordering one entrée to share. Many restaurant servings are enough for two and splitting one can help keep you from overdoing it.
  6. Know before you go – make it a point to look up the menu and nutrition information for the restaurant you’re going to ahead of time (most restaurants should have this available online) and take note of what might be good to order.
  7. Take it slow! If you were gifted a luxurious box of chocolates from your sweetie, stick it in the fridge or freezer and enjoy in moderation over several weeks.
  8. Don’t forget to share your love with your pets! Give your pet a Valentine and take them for a long walk today. Not only do you get to bond with your pet, but it’s also a great healthy activity.
  9. Use this day as an opportunity to tell your loved one how you feel about him or her, and share ways that you can support each other’s health and wellness goals.
  10. One of the best things you can do for your heart is to give up smoking or help a loved one quit. Make a commitment for your loved ones that will have a lasting impact.

As always, Calcium Score Tests are only $25 at Heart and Vascular Institute of Wisconsin if you’re looking for the ultimate heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gift! Schedule yours online today.

U.S. News Shares Annual List of Best Diets for Your Heart

U.S. News Shares Annual List of Best Diets for Your Heart

For the last 10 years, U.S. News has assembled a panel of experts to rank the best diets for improving heart health and preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and the heart-healthy diets selected by these experts have been proven to help people lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even help reverse heart disease.

All the diets from this list are approved and recommended by Heart & Vascular Institute cardiologists. Before starting a diet, however, make sure to consult your primary care provider if you have any questions or concerns.

The Best Diets for Your Heart:

#1 – Ornish Diet

Ranked as the #1 heart-healthy diet for the 9th time in 10 years, the Ornish diet has built a reputation as being THE most successful diet for improving heart health, preventing heart disease, and reversing its effects. Developed by Dean Ornish, a physician and professor at UC San Francisco, the Ornish diet is low in refined carbs, fat, and animal products, while also asking dieters to undergo several lifestyle improvements, including exercise, yoga, meditation, stress management, and more. That said, it’s the only scientifically proven diet program to reverse heart disease in randomized controlled trials without drugs or surgery, making the disciplined approach well worth the reward.

#2 – Mediterranean Diet

Coming in as the #1 Best Overall Diet by U.S. News, the Mediterranean diet is one of the most-studied diets for the prevention of heart disease. It’s long been known that people living in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less from cancer and cardiovascular ailments than most Americans, with their diet and lifestyle being key contributing factors. Today, the Mediterranean diet has become one of the easiest to follow and manage, as well as providing proven results for lowering the risk of heart disease.

#3 – DASH Diet

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to stop or prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). The DASH diet is fairly simple to follow, as it emphasizes healthy foods you’re used to eating like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy while discouraging foods that are high in saturated fats and sodium. It ranked only behind the Mediterranean diet for #2 Best Overall Diet according to U.S. News, in large part for its balance and ease to follow long-term. Not only is DASH an excellent diet for all-around health improvements, but also heart-specific improvements as well.

To see a complete list of the 12 Best Heart Diets, please visit U.S. News.