Downers Grove, Ill. (January 24, 2008) —
At 42 years old, Bob Duiven knew he was somewhat young to be having a heart attack. But with a strong family history of heart disease, he wasn’t surprised when he felt the first twinge of chest pain.
That was in 1991 and Duiven was rushed to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, where the cardiology team performed emergency triple bypass surgery. As was typical of the time, Duiven was hospitalized for 10 days.
Fast forward to spring of 2007 when Duiven recognized the familiar discomfort in his chest signaling a new medical crisis was at hand. Once again, the award-winning cardiac surgery team at Good Samaritan Hospital responded. This time his procedure was done on a Thursday morning and he was home by Monday afternoon. “The people at Good Samaritan have proven to me over the years that they’re extremely knowledgeable and thorough,” says Duiven. “I’ve always felt like I was in good hands.”
Less invasive surgery means faster recovery time
During Duiven’s second heart bypass procedure, a vein was removed through minimally invasive surgery from his leg, resulting in a shorter recovery time and less pain after surgery. “During the past five to six years we’ve been removing veins [for bypass surgery] using endoscopic techniques that are very different from what we did in the past,” explains John Grieco, M.D., Director of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.
In Duiven’s first surgery, his physician made a vertical incision from his knee to the top of his thigh requiring more than 50 stitches. Patients report that this leg incision can be more painful than the chest incision itself and impeding the healing process. In Duiven’s second bypass surgery, Dr. Grieco was able to remove the same amount of vein needed for the bypass with only a 3-inch horizontal incision across the top of his knee. Duiven was up and walking the very next day.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital wins top rating for cardiac surgery
The cardiac surgery program at Good Samaritan Hospital is the most established in DuPage County; having recently reached the milestone of 8,000 open heart procedures. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) recently bestowed its highest rating – 3 Stars – to Good Samaritan Hospital for its cardiac surgery program, putting Good Samaritan Hospital in the top 10 percent of the 750 hospitals that participate nationwide.
Stopping a heart attack
Good Samaritan Hospital’s Cardiac Alert protocol has been designed to reduce overall response time to less than 60 minutes from the time the patient arrives in the Emergency Department until the first inflation of the angioplasty balloon is made in the cardiac catheterization lab. The current average response time for “cardiac alert” at anytime during the day is only 60 minutes. This result exceeds any other cardiac program in the area and is well below the national gold standard of 90 minutes and a national average of more than 120 minutes.