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Nurse Heart Line
The Edward Heart Hospital team diagnoses and treats hundreds of diseases and conditions. Find out more below on the advanced technologies available to you.
A bypass system called TandemHeart® can treat patients for whom an intra-aortic balloon pump isn't enough. TandemHeart's pump helps improve blood flow to patients undergoing high-risk angioplasties, massive heart attacks, those with poor ventricular function and those who need lung support. TandemHeart catheters are inserted from the groin and pushed through a temporary hole in an upper chamber of the heart. An external pump circulates the blood. The device stays in for less than a week. The device, FDA-approved in 2004, is still new, even to university hospitals. Learn more about physicians performing this procedure.
A ‘stent’ is a permanent, hollow, flexible support made from metal that is inserted into a vein or artery to keep blood vessels open. Stents can decrease the chances of restenosis (arterial re-closing) from 40 to 20 percent—reducing the likelihood of arterial blockage that could require an additional procedure or bypass surgery. Heart Hospital has been involved in past clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of drug-eluting stents. Learn more about this life-saving treatment in our patient stories.
Automated CPR Device - LUCAS™2
Every second matters when your heart stops. In 2012, Edward Hospital was the first Chicago-area hospital to acquire the LUCAS™2 , an electronically-powered, portable CPR machine that delivers continuous, life-saving compressions to cardiac arrest patients.
LUCAS™2 is a compact, lightweight, portable machine that can be placed around a patient in less than 20 seconds without interrupting manual CPR compressions. Once attached, the LUCAS™2 provides sustained, perfectly-timed compressions while Edward medical staff members determine the best treatment plan or move a patient to an operating room for surgery. LUCAS™2 reduces the number of people crowding around a patient and calms the atmosphere in the room as well.
After cardiac arrest, prompt and continuous CPR is vital to maintain the flow of blood and send oxygen to the patient's heart and brain. According to the American Heart Association, CPR that is provided immediately after someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest doubles or triples the person's chance of survival. The task of manually performing CPR, however, is physically strenuous. A person administering CPR will often tire within a couple of minutes, reducing the technique's effectiveness. LUCAS™2 can take over for the human, providing consistent, quality compressions over extended periods of time, allowing caregivers to maintain their strength and focus on other crucial tasks.
Learn more about this life saving treatment in our patient stories.
Brachytherapy uses radiation to inhibit cell growth and turn off the scarring process so the artery won't reclog. The procedure seems just like a standard angioplasty from the patient's perspective. In brachytherapy, though, a ribbon of radioactive material is delivered through the catheter to the blocked area. The ribbon is removed from the site after several minutes. Learn more about physicians performing this procedure.
Coronary angioplasty (and peripheral angioplasty)
Angioplasty involves the insertion of a catheter carrying a balloon through an artery in the groin or arm, and into a blocked artery in the heart. The balloon is quickly inflated and deflated in order to open the artery and restore blood flow.
CT Angiography combines computerized tomography technology with angiographic technology. This allows the radiologist to look at the vascular structure (arteries and veins) and the surrounding soft tissues at the same time, giving physicians a clearer picture.
Heart Hospital offers some of the nation’s most advanced cardiothoracic surgical procedures in ergonomically designed, state-of-the-art operating rooms.
Edward Hospital performs over 300 open-heart procedures every year. Independent cardiothoracic surgeons have trained at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical centers.
Off-pump coronary bypass surgery (OPCAB)
OPCAB is an alternative to traditional open-heart surgery. In the procedure, the coronary bypass is performed while the heart is still beating, eliminating the need to temporarily place the patient on a heart-lung machine. This allows for a less invasive procedure with a shorter recuperation time, and reduces the chances of changing blood chemistry.
Left ventricular reconstruction
This procedure enables cardiac surgeons to reshape the left ventricle of the heart and align the heart fibers so they contract more efficiently—significantly improving the quality of life for patients with congestive heart failure by decreasing the need for drugs and hospitalization.
Proximal anastomotic device
This highly advanced device allows surgeons to create a hole in the aorta during coronary bypass surgery, to more accurately and quickly connect the vein or artery to the heart. In this procedure, cardiac surgeons no longer have to place a clamp on the aorta, significantly reducing the likelihood of plaque forming on the heart (a known cause of stroke).
Other cardiovascular specialties include:
- U "clips"
- Aortic valve replacement
- Myocardial ablation
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Coronary artery bypass grafting
- Endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting
- Endoscopic radial artery harvesting