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Country's first 'simplified maze' using new ultrasound technology is done at Northwestern Memorial

the 'simplified Maze' procedure with the HIFU technology minimally invasively with only about an 8 cm incision and sending patients home after a day or two instead of after five days as is currently typical in patients who've had a Maze procedure," says Dr. McCarthy.

The NCVI includes a core infrastructure of six centers: The Center for Heart Valve Disease, The Center for Heart Failure, The Center for Atrial Fibrillation, The Center for Coronary Disease, the Center for Vascular Disease and the Center for Women's Health. "Launching the HIFU technology in the U.S. is the beginning of what we expect to be many national firsts at Northwestern's recently established Center for Atrial Fibrillation. We are intensely focused on researching the genetics that predispose patients to develop AF and are now ready to launch piloting minimally invasive surgical technology for AF."


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Contact: Amanda Widtfeldt
awidtfel@nmh.org
312-926-2955
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
21-Dec-2004


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