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Hospital opens Heart & Vascular Institute, announces free program

Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of its Heart & Vascular Institute, which offers the experience of interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and interventional radiologists in one convenient location. Patients with life-threatening heart blockages or those who need pacemakers or implantable defibrillators can now be treated closer to home.

“We’ve expanded our program to offer highly technical procedures,” said Brinsley Lewis, chief executive officer of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. “By bringing together this team of experienced physicians, our patients can receive the most advanced care here instead of travelling outside of their community.”

In honor of American Heart Month, recognized in February, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital will present a free program called “Women and Heart Disease.” Dr. Aziz Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist, will discuss early detection, prevention and the latest advances in cardiovascular technology. Hors d’oeuvres start at 5 p.m., with dinner following at 6 p.m. Feb. 4. The lecture will take place during dinner at the hospital, 701 N. Winthrop, Glendale Heights. All guests will receive a coupon for $10 off a March 24 stroke screening package.

In November a team of specialists from the hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute performed the first abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair on a patient using an endovascular stent graft. This less invasive procedure is an alternative to the traditional open surgical repair.

“The procedure is less invasive but just as effective as open abdominal surgery and reduces the risk of major complications by half,” said Dr. Luke Sewall, the interventional radiologist who performed the hourlong procedure with Dr. J. Ubatuba, a cardiovascular surgeon.

Present in an estimated 1.2 million people and responsible for approximately 15,000 deaths annually in the United States, an abdominal aortic aneurysm is a dangerous bulge or weakening of the body’s main artery that can rupture with fatal consequences if left untreated. Ruptured AAAs are currently the 10th leading cause of death among U.S. men over age 55.

“An abdominal aortic aneurysm is like a ticking time bomb,” Sewall said. “By performing an endovascular repair as an alternative to open surgical repair, we can use the latest technology to save the lives of many people affected by abdominal aortic aneurysmal disease. We are excited to offer this service at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital.”

The patient, Robert Haman, a 76-year-old Bloomingdale resident, spent less than 48 hours in the hospital and had returned to most of his normal activities a few weeks later. He is grateful for the opportunity to undergo a minimally invasive procedure close to home.

“I was really happy to be able to do it this way,” Haman said. “Dr. Sewall really put me at ease.”

Delores Harden was the first patient treated at the Heart & Vascular Institute. Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist, diagnosed Harden with ischemic cardiomyopathy; the term describes patients who have congestive heart failure due to coronary artery disease. Ahmed and Dr. Stephen Laga, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, treated Harden with an automated implanted cardiac defibrillator. The device continuously monitors a patient’s heart for any rapid and/or irregular heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias. When an arrhythmia is detected, the defibrillator automatically delivers therapy to the heart.