Surgical options make Edward unique for heart care


Edward Heart Hospital in Naperville provides innovative treatments that patients won’t find at any other hospital in the west or southwest suburbs.

For some heart failure patients, Dr. Bryan Foy, MD, FACS, FACC, medical director of cardiac surgery at Edward and cardiothoracic surgeon with Cardiac Surgery Associates, implants the Thoratec HeartMate II left ventricle assist device (LVAD), which takes over the pumping function of the heart’s left ventricle.

Edward is the only community hospital in the Chicago area providing mechanical circulatory support as a non-transplant program.

“In one patient’s case, it brought him from end-stage heart failure, with a risk of death within six months, to a heart function that’s tantamount to normal,” said Dr. Foy.

For patients with severe aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the aortic valve) who can’t be treated with traditional open surgery, Edward doctors can perform a procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

With TAVR, an interventional cardiologist inserts a catheter into the femoral artery and guides it up to the patient’s heart, where a new prosthetic aortic valve is placed and begins to work immediately, creating increased blood flow.

Edward is the only hospital in Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs performing the procedure and one of only seven hospitals in Illinois allowed to do it.

“This is an exciting breakthrough,” said Dr. Foy. “These patients have no other options and would likely die without this less invasive procedure.”

For more information on LVAD or TAVR, call (630) 416-7796.

Provided by Edward Heart Hospital