Tag Archives: heart disease

New Emergency Center Saves Streator Native’s Life

In August 2016, Carol Biroschik woke up one morning with pain in her neck, jaw and down both of her sides. “I had worked outside in my flower bed the day prior, so I thought it might have been aches and pains from doing that,” Carol, a Streator native, said. But when Carol’s pain persisted […]



OSF Heart Surgery Patient Turns Volunteer

Ken Masuda of Chenoa, Ill., had a four vessel coronary artery bypass on October 31, 2013, at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. Prior to his surgery, Ken was a healthy 74-year-old who exercised every day, and ran many Hawaii marathons between his early forties and mid-sixties. He had no prior history of heart issues, but […]



Revolutionary heart procedure gets central Illinois man back on the golf course

Gene Shurtz, 74, East Peoria, was the second central Illinois resident to undergo the innovative TAVR procedure at OSF HealthCare. Suffering from severe aortic stenosis, but not a candidate for open-heart surgery, Gene underwent the TAVR procedure, allowing him to see a day he never thought possible. Gene was an active East Peoria retiree who […]



5 Things to Know about Heart Disease in Women

Heart disease in women is preventable, and the main step to prevention is simple: education. As you will read below, heart disease has become the number one killer of women. Make it your mission to not only prevent heart disease but to also spread the word to other women. What is heart disease? Heart disease […]