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Clinical Services at Rush Rush Heart Center for Women
Treatment Options

At the Rush Heart Center for women we treat a variety of heart and heart-related conditions and work with other specialists at Rush, including those dedicated to women’s unique health needs, to provide optimal care.

  • Extensive risk factor management, including lifestyle modification.
  • Exercise programs individually designed for each patient
  • Complementary Nutrition counseling to promote a heart-healthy diet.
  • Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, medical hypnosis and yoga.
  • Medications to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and thin blood that have been found to be better tolerated by women. 
  • Minimally invasive techniques, including the following:
    • Angioplasty – interventional cardiologists at Rush offer all of the latest advances in angioplasty, including the Diamondback 360o orbital atherectomy catheter system to open heavily calcified arteries in the legs that can't be treated using traditional angioplasty. 
    • Catheter-based procedures to close abnormal communications between heart chambers that can be congenital or acquired, including atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects and patent foramen ovale. 
    • Carotid stenting – a minimally invasive procedure in which doctors access and treat the carotid artery in the neck using a catheter rather than a scalpel. 
    • Endovascular repair of aneurysms – an alternative to surgery for the treatment of aortic aneurysms and aneurysms in other arteries. 
    • MitraClip procedure for mitral regurgitation – a minimally invasive procedure used as an alternative to open heart surgery to treat a leaky mitral valve, or mitral regurgitation. The tiny clip, which is placed using a catheter, holds the flaps of the mitral valve together to prevent leaking. 
    • Pericardiocentesis – a procedure to remove fluid from the sac surrounding the heart. 
    • Pulmonary vein stenting – a minimally invasive procedure to treat hemoptysis. 
    • Stem cell therapy – a therapy that involves injecting the patient’s own stem cells or adult donor stem cells into a damaged area of heart muscle or into the leg(s) to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and bring more blood and oxygen to the affected areas. 
    • Transcatheter aortic valve implantation – an innovative, minimally invasive procedure for implanting a new aortic heart valve in patients with aortic valve stenosis. This procedure is a new option for patients who are not good candidates for traditional surgery, including older patients or those with health problems. 
    • Valvuloplasty – a procedure to open stiff heart valves. 
  • Surgical techniques, including the following:
    • Coronary artery bypass surgery
    • Valve replacement
    • Minimally invasive bypass surgery and hybrid revascularization
    • Minimally invasive valve repair and replacement (aortic, mitral, pulmonary, tricuspid)
    • Complex redo cardiac surgery
    • Complex valve repair (aortic, mitral, tricuspid)
    • Aortic root surgery, including valve-sparing procedures
    • Aortic aneurysm surgery
    • Surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation and mitral and tricuspid valve repair
    • Surgical implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators
    • Ventricular assist device implantation
    • Heart transplantation
    • Devices, such as biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillators— similar to pacemakers, these devices are surgically implanted under the skin to treat slow and fast heart rhythms.




Contact Name
Rush Heart Center for Women
Contact Phone
(312) 942-6242
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu


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