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  • HCCI Physicians Implant New Device to Manage CHF
    HCCI Physicians Implant New Device to Manage CHF

    Cardiomems Device


    Posted: 10/16/2015
    This week Heart Care Centers of Illinois physicians and nurses implanted a new, state of the art device for the management of congestive heart failure. The dime-sized device is actually a small pressure sensor and is part of the Cardiomems heart failure management system. This device is changing the way doctors and nurses manage congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is a common condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood effectively to the rest of the body. This leads to fluid accumulation, shortness of breath and frequent admissions to the hospital. The first signs of fluid accumulation occur when the organ most closely attached to the heart, the lungs, shows signs of increased pressure. The Cardiomems device is implanted into one of the small blood vessels in the lung. Once in place the device will continuously monitor pressures and alert physicians electronically to rising pressures. This early rise in pressure is the first detectable sign of fluid accumulation. When alerted, providers can treat patients before fluid overload and congestion becomes so significant that breathing becomes difficult or admission to the hospital is required. This device has been shown to reduce the rate of readmission to the hospital and keep patients feeling well for longer periods of time.

    If you or your loved one suffers from congestive heart failure please discuss this new therapy with your physician to best determine if this treatment might be acceptable. Heart Care Centers of Illinois physicians are excited and privileged to offer this new therapy to our patients.

  • HCCI Physicians Treat AAA Patients with New Graft
    HCCI Physicians Treat AAA Patients with New Graft

    Example of a Fenestrated Stent Graft for AAA


    Posted: 6/7/2014
    Heart Care Centers of Illinois Physicians are now able to treat difficult Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) patients with a new Fenestrated Stent Graft.

    Physicians Dr. Robert Iaffaldano, Dr. James Sur, and Dr. Robert Gasior recently participated in the first Fenestrated Graft procedure at MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.
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  • HCCI Physicians Perform New Procedure for Totally Blocked Coronary Arteries
    HCCI Physicians Perform New Procedure for Totally Blocked Coronary Arteries

    CTO Procedure


    Posted: 5/8/2014
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  • Dr. Ramana Participates in Ground Breaking TAVR Procedure
    Dr. Ramana Participates in Ground Breaking TAVR Procedure

    Ravi Ramana, D.O.


    Posted: 9/10/2012
    On Wednesday, September 5th, 2012, Dr. Ravi Ramana, Interventional Cardiologist with Heart Care Centers of Illinois, performed the first non-surgical replacement of an aortic valve using the Edward's SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement technology at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Dr. Ramana essentially replaced a patient's aortic valve using a small incision in the leg rather than opening the chest and putting the patient on the heart-lung machine as done in conventional open heart surgery
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  • Dr. Ron Stella's Healthbeat Segment on ABC7 News
    Dr. Ron Stella's Healthbeat Segment on  ABC7 News

    Ronald Stella, M.D.


    Posted: 8/23/2012
    August 23, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A little-known, dangerous heart condition tends to strike young, fit women. Most people have never heard of it, and many doctors may not even know to look for it.

    Meghan Scheiber knows firsthand that what doesn't kill you can make you stronger.
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