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Cardiac Treatment and Therapies

Advanced cardiac treatment for all your heart care needs

Whether you have heart attack symptoms, signs of congestive heart failure or other heart condition symptoms, once your diagnosis is made, your doctors will develop a treatment plan designed to correct or control your heart problem. These plans may include:

Medication therapy for heart conditions

At Northwest Community Hospital, our medical staff has access to the latest medications for the treatment of coronary conditions such as congestive heart failure. Often these drugs are used in conjunction with other therapies.

Your doctor may prescribe a variety of heart medications you can take to treat or prevent heart condition symptoms. These drugs may help lower your blood pressure, reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood or help your body get rid of excess fluids that put a strain on your heart's ability to pump blood.

Interventional cardiology

Interventional cardiologists diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases using the most advanced non-surgical techniques to gather data, clear clogged arteries or repair structural defects of the heart. Common procedures include:

  • Coronary angioplasty—By inserting a deflated balloon through a catheter into a narrowed artery and then inflating it, this procedure creates a bigger opening in the coronary artery and increases blood flow without open heart surgery.
  • Stents—A small, expandable mesh tube inserted in the artery during angioplasty prevents closing of the artery during or after the angioplasty.
  • Drug-eluting stents—Stents coated with medications help prevent the growth of cells around the stent to keep the artery from narrowing again.
  • ASD/PFO closures—Closing or patching a hole in the wall between the chambers of the heart.
  • Peripheral vascular interventions—Balloons, catheters and stents are used to treat vessels outside the heart (legs, arms, kidneys, etc.).

Cardio electrophysiology (EP) services

EP services check the electrical activity and pathways of the heart to diagnose and repair abnormal heart rhythms. Common procedures include:

  • Balloon CryoAblation—a new minimally-invasive procedure that uses an advanced freezing technology to address atrial fibrillation.
  • Cardioversion—A brief procedure in which an electrical shock is delivered to the heart to bring abnormal heart rhythm back to a normal rhythm.
  • Complex ablation procedures—In our cardiac catheterization lab, we make use of the latest technologies, including intracardiac echocardiography and 3-dimensional mapping with the merging of CT images. This allows us to use minimally invasive techniques to treat a wide range of heart irregularities, including:
    • AV node irregularities
    • Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia—A regular, fast (160 to 220 beats per minute) heart rate that begins and ends suddenly
    • Atrial flutter
    • All types of ventricular tachycardia
  • Latest cardiac devices—Each year our EP specialists implant hundreds of devices in patients who require cardiac monitoring or regulation. These include defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization devices, permanent pacemakers and implantable loop recorders.
  • Cardiac Device Clinic—The clinic provides patients with follow-up care, both in clinic settings and through remote monitoring.

Cardiovascular surgery solutions

When heart blockage symptoms are severe and coronary arteries are blocked, surgery may be recommended. NCH ranks among the top 10 hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area in the number of open heart surgeries performed, more than 325 each year, one of the highest rates in the state. These include:

  • Coronary artery bypass surgery—A healthy blood vessel is transplanted from another part of the body to the heart to replace or bypass a diseased vessel.
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass—This state-of-the-art technique uses special tools to repair the affected area while the rest of the heart remains active.
  • Valve replacement—This involves repair or replacement of a defective or diseased heart valve.
  • Maze procedure—Treats fast or irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia) by eliminating damaged electrical pathways in the heart and creating new ones.

da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System

NCH was the first hospital in the region to provide patients with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System for assistance in complex surgeries. We are also one of the few hospitals in the area to offer open heart surgery for select patients using this new technology.

Find out how NCH can help you get the best possible heart care. Find a cardiac specialist now, or call 847.618.4YOU (4968) for a free referral.

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Last Updated 1/26/2010