Access To Specialists
We've given the top medical talent in our community the state-of-the-art technology they need to bring the most advanced medicine a little closer to home. It's all part of our design to have top specialists delivering the best care.
New treatment for atrial fibrillation performed for the first time in Illinois
Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent heart rhythm disorder in the country, affecting approximately 3 million people. If left untreated, it can lead to a dramatically higher risk of stroke and an increased chance of developing heart failure. And because it is often age related, developing an effective treatment for the disorder is becoming increasingly more important as the U.S. population continues to grow older.
A radically different technique for the ablation of atrial fibrillation is now available, offering up new opportunities for improved care. And a cardiac electrophysiologist on the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Medical Staff was the first in the state and one of the first in the country to use this new minimally invasive cryoballoon technology that has the potential to improve success rates and the patient experience while decreasing procedure times.
CyberKnife Center of Chicago offers new hope
Housed within the Cancer Center on the Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Berteau Campus, CyberKnife Center of Chicago offers a revolutionary new process for treating harmful tumors that does not require an invasive procedure or anesthesia and lets you go home immediately.
Using image guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics, the CyberKnife system tracks and destroys tumors in the body while accounting for changes in location due to breathing and normal internal movements. An alternative to, or complement for, traditional radiation therapy, the technology has the ability to deliver precise beams of high-dose radiation to a wide range of locations, including those in the brain, spine, lung, liver, pancreas and prostate.
A 'cool fix' for heart arrhythmia
Each heartbeat consists of a highly organized series of events in which all four chambers of the heart are expanding and contracting in a carefully choreographed manner. This process, which repeats itself 100,000 times a day, is controlled by an electrical impulse that must travel an exact route every time to keep the heart functioning normally.
When the pathway traveled by this impulse becomes blocked or short-circuited, it leads to an abnormal heart rhythm, which can create disabling symptoms or have life-threatening consequences if not addressed.
Cardiac radiofrequency ablation has been the standard of care for years, but a newer variation of the procedure — cardiac cryoablation — provides another tool to restore normal heart rhythm. And Elmhurst Memorial Hospital was among the first in the western suburbs to make it available to our patients.