Navigation Links
Finding Hidden Heart Attacks: Saint Francis Hospital is First in Illinois to Detect Hidden Heart Attacks With New Technology

EVANSTON, Ill., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the American Heart Association, "silent" or "hidden" heart attacks affect more than three million patients, many of whom are left untreated.

Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. has become the first and only hospital in Illinois to offer a new test for chest pain patients that will identify heart attacks that might otherwise go undiagnosed. The uniqueness of the new test lies in a disposable vest containing 80 electrocardiogram (ECG) "leads" that detect heart rhythm and blockages in 360-degrees of the heart.

Traditional ECG tests contain only 12-leads that are applied only to the front of a patient's torso and can not monitor electrical impulses in the back or side areas of the heart, which may have undetected blockages and may be the source of chest pain. With the new ECG test, in 10 minutes or less, physicians will know more about the patient and the patient's heart condition than ever before.

The new technology, called PRIME ECG(R), provides physicians with a full 360-degree view of the heart's arteries, without surgical intervention, and can more rapidly and accurately identify closed arteries that might go unnoticed using traditional ECG equipment.

"The 80-lead ECG is the next step in advancing emergency cardiac care. Traditional tests do not detect all heart attacks or heart muscle damage or blockages in all patients. This test is an additional safeguard that can be used on patients experiencing chest pain who have tests that are otherwise normal," said Shahriar Dadkhah, M.D., a world renown cardiologist and director of Cardiology Research at Saint Francis Hospital. Dadkhah is also a Fellow, American College of Cardiology.

According to Dadkhah, the test can catch about 20 out 100 silent heart attacks which would otherwise go undetected with 12-lead ECG equipment.

Saint Francis Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and has a long history of leadership and "firsts" in cardiac medicine and technologies. Saint Francis Hospital performed the first cardiac bypass surgery in the Chicago metropolitan area; it was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Illinois and is the only Accredited Chest Pain Center on Chicago's North Shore; it was the first hospital in Illinois to offer a specialized, 64-slice 3-D Computed Tomography (CT) test for the heart; and it was the first hospital in the U.S. Midwest to use the cardiac marker Troponin to diagnose heart attacks.

Saint Francis Hospital is a part of Resurrection Health Care, which was ranked in the nation's top 20 "Best Places to Work in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine. Resurrection Health Care is a family of health care services providing advanced medical care and exceptional customer service with compassion and hope. Our hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, home health services, behavioral health programs and numerous outpatient services are conveniently located in many Chicagoland neighborhoods.

SOURCE Saint Francis Hospital
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Finding a New Doctor Becoming More Difficult for Medicare Recipients Says
2. Statement by American Legacy Foundation(R): Findings of Decades of Massive Fraud by Tobacco Industry Upheld in U.S. Court of Appeals
3. HIMSS Analytics and NetMotion Wireless Release Study Findings on Key Challenges for Wireless Healthcare Deployments
4. UCSF creates fast, affordable tool for finding gene on-off switches
5. New Research Finds Recession Has Greater Impact on Health of Parents than Children with Specific Findings on Hispanics
6. New Research Finds Recession Has Greater Impact on Health of Parents than Children With Specific Findings on African Americans
7. Stanford Center on Longevity Releases New Findings About Voter Attitudes on Health Care Reform
8. KLRI Releases 3rd Annual Report On Years Top Longevity Research Findings
9. Swine flu: Early findings about pandemic potential reported in new study
10. Research Findings on Nine GlaxoSmithKline Cancer Compounds to be Presented at ASCO 2009
11. VetCentric Releases Findings of Pet Owner Survey
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing predictive ... proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgical ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are derived from ... of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in the current ... For the full issue, click here . , For the American Society of ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and ... main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the American Institutes for ... Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. , AIR ... care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , AIR researchers will ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can ... CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn ... X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016  MedSource announced ... as its e-clinical software solution of choice.  This ... best possible value to their clients by offering ... The preferred relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC ... for MedSource,s full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 , ... on Thursday, July 7, 2016 , , , , LOCATION: ... , , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , ... Senior Industry Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing an exceptional era. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: