By Julie Bruhn
The first minutes of someone having a collapse or sudden cardiac arrest are the most critical to saving his or her life. Northwestern Medicine emergency medicine and sports medicine specialist George Chiampas, DO, talks about how learning CPR and how to use an AED really are simple ways that can really make a difference in someone’s life. For more information, please visit: http://ccares.northwestern.edu/
By Bret Coons
An aortic stent was supposed to help consultant and prom dress charity volunteer Amy Ross’ potentially fatal narrowing of the aorta, but complications from the stent surgery only made the condition worse. So Amy turned to the specialists at Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute for a second surgery. The successful procedure corrected the first surgery, repaired the defect and returned her to the active life she loves.
Learn about the innovative ways cardiac surgeon Hyde M. Russell, MD, treats adult congenital heart defects.
If we can do this for Amy, imagine what we can do for you. To discover your breakthrough, call 312-694-6066 or visit: breakthroughs.nm.org.
By Kara Spak
While preparing to sail in an annual boat race, Jim Armstrong found his health spiraling out of control. Northwestern Medicine’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute specialists discovered Jim’s heart was failing and proposed a revolutionary solution. Implanting two completely pulseless devices to support his heart gave Jim the time needed to wait for a successful heart transplant. Jim is now healthy and back on board his boat.
By Kara Spak
Ranya N. Sweis, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, shared her thoughts on her upcoming lecture on women and heart disease, a lecture you are invited to:
Heart disease – it’s not just for men.
Many are surprised to learn cardiovascular disease kills more women in America every year than all cancers, lung disease, Alzheimer’s disease and accidents combined.
Women’s heart disease often presents different symptoms than in men. During a heart attack, for instance, a woman might not feel chest pain or the feeling that a tremendous weight is on her chest. Instead, she might feel more of a sudden change in energy, extreme fatigue, dizziness or upper back pressure or pain.
By Kara Spak
It’s hard for busy women to put themselves on their own to-do list. But if you’re feeling stressed or are concerned about stress’ impact on your health, take an hour over lunch on October 29 for a free “Stress and Wellness Workshop” with Kim Feingold, PhD, founder of the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Service of theBluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The workshop is part of Northwestern’s “Women’s Heart Matters” fall lecture series.
By Bret Coons
Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute has enrolled its first participant in SALUS, a clinical trial studying the effectiveness of a prosthetic aortic heart valve that can be placed without open-heart surgery. The heart valve under study, the Direct Flow Medical® Transcathether Aortic Valve System manufactured by Direct Flow Medical, Inc., is a non-metallic, investigational device specifically designed to be placed inside the heart using a catheter that is inserted through a blood vessel in the groin and then navigated into the aorta to the heart. The study valve is also designed to have the unique ability to be repositioned or even replaced with a different size after the valve’s initial placement to achieve a better fit if one is needed.
By Edye Wagner, RD, LDN, CDE
The winter months bring frigid temperatures and snow. But they also bring colds, flu and a variety of viruses and infections. Many people we come in contact with -- from the grocery store cashier to our own family members -- will be coughing and sneezing, and inadvertently spreading germs.
As the saying goes, a good defense is a strong offense.
Many factors affect our immune system and our defense against these common afflictions but food can play a major role in increasing the body’s natural healing power and enhance the immune system.
Doris Snyder considers herself a miracle.
This occurs to her when she reads the newspaper, when she goes to church every morning and when she visits her great grandchildren every chance she gets. These are small gifts because, as Snyder will tell you, she wasn’t supposed to be around for any of it.
“I feel great,” said Snyder, a Peoria resident who turns 105 years old on Aug. 10. “The past four years have been wonderful and I’ve been thankful for each and every day.”
Back when Snyder was 101 years old, she underwent a cutting-edge, experimental procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute that replaced one of her heart valves without Snyder having to undergo open heart surgery. The valve had been rendered useless by aortic valve stenosis—hardening from calcium deposits that restrict the flow of blood from the heart.
Chicagoans don’t head to the beach empty-handed.
Every summer, thousands flock to Lake Michigan wearing the latest summer fashion trends armed with sunglasses and sunscreen. While those are important, bringing a little safety know-how may be even more valuable. To help people stay healthy, safe and hydrated this summer Northwestern Medicine®experts offer their top tips for summer safety.
“When summer temperatures soar and people don’t take the proper precautions, they will often end up in our emergency room,” said Rahul Khare, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “Every summer, we see hundreds of patients with heat-related illness, and most of the time those trips to the emergency room could have been completed avoided.”
By Sheila Galloro
Northwestern Medicine cardiac electrophysiologist publishes research on how to integrate personalized, evidence-based care so patients benefit
CHICAGO – There are two popular models when it comes to delivering the best healthcare – using evidence-based guidelines or applying personalized medicine. Each method has its own merits and drawbacks, but according to one Northwestern Medicine® cardiologist, when the two theories are integrated the result is an optimal healthcare delivery model that is both less expensive and better for the patient.
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