HCCI Physicians Perform New Procedure for Totally Blocked Coronary Arteries

Posted: 5/8/2014

May 8, 2014 --  Recently, Dr. George Aziz and Dr. James Sur, Interventional Cardiologists with Heart Care Centers of Illinois, began performing procedures to treat Chronic Total Occlusions (CTO) of the coronary arteries of the Heart.  Previously, a CTO, which is a total blockage of a coronary artery, was most commonly treated either with medical therapy alone or by Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, commonly known as open heart surgery.
With the recent advances in the field of interventional cardiology, now arteries which are totally blocked can possibly be treated successfully with a least invasive procedure during a cardiac catheterization.
Compared to traditional Open Heart Surgery, this new procedure poses fewer risks and allows for a much shorter recovery period, in most cases.
Dr. Aziz is one of only a few cardiologists performing this procedure at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and Dr. Sur is the only physician currently performing the same procedure at Palos Community Hospital.  Both Dr. Aziz and Dr. Sur agree that this latest breakthrough in medicine is one that will likely transform healthcare for many years to come.
If you have been told one of your heart arteries is completely blocked and can't be fixed with a stent or you've been told that your only option is Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, commonly known as Open Heart Surgery, contact our office to see if you might be a good candidate for the CTO Procedure.

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