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PHI-SIH Vascular Symposium

Don’t miss the Premier Vascular Symposium, October 24 at John A Logan College from 8:30pm to 4:30pm.

Brought to you by Prairie Heart Institute-Southern Illinois Healthcare, this symposium will benefit physicians, internists, residents, fellows, allied health professionals and other ancillary professionals.

You will learn about diagnosis, management and treatment of different vascular diseases, such as carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms. The event includes two interactive panel discussions of case reviews.

Continuing Education Hours Available

You can earn 6.00 AMA PRA Category I Credit at this event. Please register by October 14.
Registration Form

For more information contact or call 618.549.0721 ext 65948.

Saline County Residents – Heart Care in Your Region has Just Improved

One of the missions of Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare is to bring expert heart care closer to your home. We’re already working with your local hospitals, Harrisburg Medical Center and Farrell Hospital, to expedite the treatment of severe heart attacks. Now we are taking on the issue of chest pain a step further.

Harrisburg Medical Center is now one of the first hospitals in the region to participate in the Prairie Chest Pain Network. Together, our goal is to significantly reduce the time it takes to diagnose any type of chest pain and deliver the appropriate care locally.

What are the benefits of the Prairie Chest Pain Network to the Patient?

  • Awareness of the importance of rapidly obtaining a diagnosis for chest pain
  • The confidence of knowing your community hospital Emergency Department is ready to provide a chest pain diagnosis
  • The knowledge your local physician will be consulting with a Prairie cardiologist on the final diagnosis of chest pain
  • Immediate access to Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare

What are the benefits to Harrisburg Medical Center?

  • Prairie Heart Institute developed protocols that address all aspects of emergent cardiac care including severe heart attacks, mild heart attacks, observation and inpatient care
  • Enhanced ability to keep appropriate patients locally and eliminate inappropriate transfers
  • An RN liaison from Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare to assist with initial and continued education for implementation of protocols
  • Assistance to provide community and professional education for your physicians and local EMS programs.

Cardiac Arrhythmia Services Now Available in Southern Illinois

Prairie Heart Institute Builds $9 Million EP Lab; Hires Electrophysiologist

Prairie Heart Institute Southern Illinois Healthcare now offers an advanced Heart Rhythm Services program at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. Services commenced in July with the arrival of cardiac electrophysiologist, Dr. Daniel Correa de Sa.

The service will primarily benefit patients with irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, atrial fibrillation (AF) is by far the most common type of arrhythmia. As the population ages, the incidence and prevalence of AF rises significantly. Catheter or cardiac ablation has been suggested to improve quality of life in AF patients.

A new electrophysiology lab (EP lab) has been constructed to include state-of-the-art electrophysiology equipment to perform studies and the latest treatments for arrhythmias, called cardiac ablations. Supporting staff, including two X-ray technicians and a registered nurse have also been hired and are being sent to the University of Vermont for advanced training in electrophysiology procedures.

“I am excited to start a cardiac ablations program at the hospital that can significantly improve quality of life and increase survival rates,” Correa said.

Tony Capuano, system director of cardiovascular services at Southern Illinois Healthcare noted, “This is a significant addition to the cardiac service line. Prior to this, the options for patients with heart arrhythmias and conduction disorders was to be put on medication or drive three hours away to Prairie's campus in Springfield for treatment.”

What is a Cardiac Ablation?

The heart is like an electrical pump.

“Occasionally there is an electrical glitch in the top or bottom chambers of the heart and an abnormal heart rhythm or arrhythmia occurs,” Correa said. “A cardiac or catheter ablation is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that interrupts that short circuit and reestablishes normal heart rhythm. We look at what parts of the heart are misbehaving electrically and burn those parts of misbehaving tissue.”

In addition to this, ablation therapy can help control the heart rate in people with rapid arrhythmias and potentially reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes. Catheter ablations can also treat premature ventricular contractions (PVC’s) and ventricular tachycardias, in some instances, Correa noted.

What happens during a Cardiac Ablation?

During this 4 to 5 hour-long procedure, a catheter is inserted into a specific area of the heart. A special machine directs energy through the catheter to small areas of the heart muscle that causes the abnormal heart rhythm. This energy “disconnects” the source of the abnormal rhythm from the rest of the heart. It can also be used to disconnect the electrical pathway between the upper chambers (atria) and the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart.

SIH Cares

“For SIH to understand the need for electrophysiology services in the region and support it is admirable,” Capuano said. “For a 150-bed hospital we’re demonstrating services a 500-bed hospital would provide. Cardiovascular services in Southern Illinois just became extremely comprehensive.”

Future plans include hiring one more electrophysiologist once Prairie Heart Institute/SIH establish themselves as an arrhythmia site.

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