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New Technology and Rush Expertise
Help Patient Avoid Second Heart Surgery
The Rush Center for Adult Structural Heart
Disease is one of the nation’s leading centers for
the treatment of heart valve disease, including
the use of minimally invasive procedures like
transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Our expertise is giving new hope to patients like
Matt Lesniewski, who was referred to Rush interventional cardiologist Hussam Suradi, MD, for persistent
symptoms after open heart surgery.
Matt was on the job — he worked in the steel mill
industry and is now retired — when he had his first
heart-related episode in 1996: He started having
chest pains and was rushed to the hospital. A
blockage had triggered a slight heart attack, and
Matt received a stent in his artery.
Fortunately for Matt, the stent worked, and for
more than 20 years he felt great. Then, in 2018,
he started experiencing shortness of breath, and
follow-up testing revealed additional clogged arteries. Matt went in for a triple bypass at a hospital
near his home in Northwest Indiana. Just eight
days after successful open heart surgery, doctors
also put in a pacemaker.
But Matt’s symptoms persisted. “I felt like I was
getting weaker,” he recalls. “Even walking to get
the mail made me short of breath.”
Matt’s doctor insisted that he be treated at Rush
and referred him to Suradi. Matt was impressed
with Suradi’s attentiveness and expertise. “From
day one, he said ‘I’m yours,’ ” says Matt about first
meeting Suradi. “I felt confident and at ease with
Dr. Suradi and his recommendations.”

Suradi started with a thorough evaluation of Matt’s
health to provide an accurate diagnosis. Like all
patients at the Rush Center for Adult Structural Heart Disease, Matt was assigned a team of
providers to care for him. This multidisciplinary
group met weekly to discuss his diagnosis, recommend treatment and monitor follow-up care.
Led by Suradi, Matt’s team identified aortic stenosis,
a valve disease, as the cause of Matt’s continued
heart concerns. Aortic stenosis can be life threatening as the aortic valve becomes narrowed over time,
reducing blood flow from the heart into the aorta.

west Indiana. Matt had the choice of booking
appointments in either Dyer or Chicago, receiving
the same level of care no matter the location.
“I have a significant patient population in Indiana,
and I saw a need to have an office closer to them,”
Suradi says. “Part of treating my patients is making
it easier for them to receive care.”
As for Matt, he’s feeling healthy and strong — and
hopes to stay that way. “I’ve got to be one of the
luckiest men in the world. I have my A team of
heart doctors and nurses. But fingers crossed I
won’t have to worry about my heart for a while.”

Conventional treatment for aortic stenosis is open
heart surgery, but a newer solution offered promise
for Matt. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure
that replaces the diseased valve by threading a
collapsible replacement valve up to the heart using
a catheter. Rush was one of the first hospitals in
the U.S. to offer TAVR.
“The data shows that the more TAVRs a center
performs, the better the outcomes for its patients,”
Suradi says. “We have a very established team
that brings together a collective expertise to best
care for our patients.”
Since the TAVR, “It’s been like night and day,” Matt
says. “I noticed a difference immediately. I had
no chest pain or shortness of breath. My heart
murmur was gone. It was like they had unclogged
a drain and my blood was pumping again.”
His care before and after the procedure proved
easy, too. Suradi has an office in Dyer to improve
access to Rush cardiovascular services in North-

Hussam Suradi, MD, sees patients in Chicago and
Dyer, Ind. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) or
visit rush.edu/appointments to schedule an initial
consultation or second opinion.

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