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Mary Ellen Bonsignore, a resident of Channahon, is just one example of a patient who’s benefited from advances in cardiac care, technology and procedures offered by Edward-Elmhurst Health.
In February 2015, Bonsignore became only the 80th person in the world to undergo a transcaval transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). The procedure, performed at Edward Hospital, was needed because she had severe aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the aortic valve caused by a build-up of calcium.
Because of her age – she was 86 at the time – Bonsignore wasn't a candidate for traditional open heart valve replacement surgery. Traditional TAVR, in which the patient's cardiovascular system is accessed through an artery in the groin, was not an option either because her arteries were too small to accommodate a catheter, which is used to deliver the replacement valve.
As a result, doctors at Edward used the transcaval approach to deliver the replacement valve through a vein, rather than an artery, in Bonsignore’s leg. It took a 15-person team of physicians and other healthcare professionals 2.5 hours to perform the procedure. That night, she was sitting up.
Bonsignore's husband Patrick says, "Mary Ellen had an option. I'm grateful they stay on top of the latest technology."
Edward-Elmhurst’s cardiac team does it through the Cardiac Innovations & Structural Heart Center, which will soon have an official home on the ground floor of the Edward Heart Hospital, 801 S. Washington St. in Naperville. Renovation of the space, which was previously used for patient registration and cardiovascular outpatient testing, is targeted for completion in the fall of 2018.
Until the renovation, funded by a $2 million donation from the Edward Foundation, the Center’s services were provided in several areas throughout the Heart Hospital. The new space will deliver comprehensive cardiovascular care – appointments, diagnosis, testing and consultations – in a single, convenient location.
“We have a team providing the latest treatments that are the last hope for many heart patients,” says Mark Goodwin, MD, an interventional cardiologist and System Medical Director of the Cardiac Innovations & Structural Heart Center. “The combination of skill and compassion of our doctors, nurses and staff, and full range of lifesaving procedures make us a regional and national leader in heart care.”
Patients are benefiting from some of the latest of these developments, including new options for certain patients with painfully blocked leg arteries, leaky heart valves and advanced aortic stenosis, a dangerous narrowing of the aortic valve that affects blood flow.
The Center’s physicians use complex, minimally invasive heart procedures to treat patients who have often been told that traditional surgery is too risky or have no other alternative for treatment.
Procedures offered by the Center include:
Learn more about the Cardiac Innovations & Structural Heart Center.
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