Dr. Neeraj Jolly
Beginning today, 22 senior cardiologists from Egypt are participating in a three-day workshop at Rush University Medical Center that includes lectures on leading-edge, non-invasive surgery techniques from Rush University faculty members.
The lectures will be complemented by case studies and the opportunity to remotely observe procedures being performed in the operating room. The visiting physicians will bring their new skills back to their respective home institutions to train other physicians to better serve their patients.
“Rush has renowned non-invasive and interventional cardiology labs and is adept at diagnosing and treating complex heart and vascular conditions,” said Dr. Neeraj Jolly, the workshop’s organizer and director of the section of invasive cardiology at Rush. “This event will allow us to train the trainer, giving these physicians a chance to bring what they learn back to their colleagues in their home country.”
Rapid, coordinated response to people with chest pain symptoms is critical to successful treatment of heart attacks.
Patients wait too long after the onset of heart attack symptoms before seeking medical care, according to the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Even with advancements at hospitals, patients must still quickly recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and take the first step toward getting help — particularly in December and January, when heart attack deaths peak.
Accredited Chest Pain Centers, such as Rush University Medical Center, are especially well-prepared to respond quickly to a person experiencing chest pains. In order to become accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, hospitals must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and demonstrate commitment to reducing the time it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment in a coordinated process that can save lives.
In 2009, Rush became the first academic medical center in Chicago to earn the accreditation and was recently reaccredited.
One of the criteria for accreditation is to significantly reduce the time it takes for a patient experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to see a physician, thus reducing the time to treatment during the critical early stages when treatments are most effective. In addition, hospitals must create more effective systems to get patients into the catheterization lab so a blocked coronary artery can be opened in the shortest amount of time. Continue reading
Filipino women between 40 and 65 years old can receive free screenings for cholesterol and diabetes while participating in a heart health study June 9 and 10 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center’s Heart Center for Women at 1725 W. Harrison St. in Chicago.
This 400-person study, an evaluation of the impact that factors such as genetics have on heart health, is specifically seeking women who don’t suffer from cancer, lupus, or acute or chronic inflammatory diseases. Blood will be drawn by licensed professions. A minimum of eight hours of fasting is required prior to the exam, which lasts 30 to 45 minutes.
Please bring all prescription and non-prescription medications. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call (847) 612-7206.
Dr. Ziyad Hijazi
An innovative approach for implanting a new aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery is being offered at Rush University Medical Center to patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high-risk or not suitable candidates for open-heart, valve-replacement surgery.
“This breakthrough technology could save the lives of thousands of patients with heart valve disease who have no other therapeutic options,” says Dr. Ziyad Hijazi, director of the Rush Center for Congenital and Structural Heart Disease and interventional cardiologist of the Rush Valve Clinic. The treatment is offered through a multi-center, phase IIb cohort study called the PARTNER II (Placement of AoRTic traNscathetER valves) trial.
Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is a type of valvular heart disease characterized by an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve opening. It is a condition that affects nearly 1.5 million Americans. It causes hardening or thickening of the aortic valve leaflets, which limits leaflet motion and obstructs oxygen-rich blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. Patients with severe AS may have symptoms of chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting. Although AS typically progresses slowly without symptoms, once symptoms occur, treatment is required. Fifty percent of patients may not survive beyond one to three years.
Traditionally, patients with symptomatic AS undergo aortic valve replacement during an open-heart surgery to alleviate symptoms, improve survival and improve quality of life. However, many patients who are at very high risk for surgery, such as the elderly and frail individuals with multiple health concerns, are considered inoperable.
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Go ahead, boil a couple of eggs — and boil away some of the outdated notions about them.
A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found no association between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease. The study supports the growing acceptance of eggs among physicians and dietitians, who once warned of their dietary dangers.
In the past, eggs were the enemy of people with heart disease,” said Cassie Vanderwall, a dietitian and certified personal trainer at Rush University Medical Center. “Now, we’re trying to encourage people to have eggs because they’re a good source of protein and several B vitamins.”
The study, published in March, followed 16,076 participants over a roughly six-year period. The participants, who had an average age of 38.4 at the start of the trial, consumed an average of three eggs per week.