OSF Regional Heart cardiothoracic surgeon presents program about cardiac procedure

Dr. James Locher, cardiothoracic surgeon affiliated with the OSF Regional Heart Institute and Rockford Surgical Services, Ltd., will discuss, “Don’t Let Your Heart Miss Another Beat” at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Giovanni’s Restaurant Conference Center.

The program also includes free cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and nutrition information.

Dr. Locher will discuss a new surgical procedure for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.

In July of 2005, Dr. Locher became the first surgeon in Illinois to use a microwave ablation treatment called MicroMaze, a closed chest procedure, to treat atrial fibrillation (AF). OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is the only facility in Illinois to provide its patients with this innovative, fast, safe, effective and minimally invasive FDA-approved technology.

Dr. Locher will discuss the new ablation procedure and help patients with AF learn whether the treatment option is right for them.

Seating for the free, educational program is limited. Reservations are required by calling 395-5493. Refreshments will be served.

From the Oct. 25-31, 2006, issue

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