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Heart & Vascular Institute Services and Procedures

Rush-Copley offers you the most comprehensive and advanced methods for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and vascular disease:

Coronary Bypass Surgery—Cardiac surgeons at Rush-Copley are using less invasive approaches to heart operations whenever possible. “Beating heart” procedures, for example, avoid using a heart-lung machine and are done through standard or small incisions.

Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement Surgery—When the patient’s valve does not close properly, surgeons attach a small cloth hoop around the mitral valve, which reinforces the valve tissue and supports the closing action and restores effective pumping of the heart.

Modified MAZE—Used in treating atrial fibrillation, the MAZE procedure creates a “maze” of scars in the atrium, resulting in a normal rhythm of the heart in 80% of patients.

Stent Grafting—For this common circulation problem, stent grafting is used to open narrowed or clogged arteries that carry blood to the legs or arms. Aortic stent grafting is also used to implant a device that repairs abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation—This breakthrough, non-surgical procedure identifies and destroys malfunctioning electrical pathways in the heart, correcting irregular heartbeats.

Pacemaker Implantation and Monitoring—Pacemakers are implanted in a patient’s chest when a defect, blockage, or age-induced slowing of electrical impulses cause the heart to beat too slowly or fail to speed up during activity. Recently, special pacemakers have been developed for patients with congestive heart failure.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)—This device monitors and treats episodes of abnormally fast heartbeats (tachycardia) or chaotic, quivering heartbeats (fibrillation) by delivering electrical impulses that stop the dangerous rhythm.

3D Mapping Technology—Exclusive to Rush-Copley in the Fox Valley area, this technology enables electrophysiologists to obtain more information about your heart rhythm so that they can more accurately determine your diagnosis and treatment.