Interventional Cardiology

Cardiac Cath/Angioplasty

Cardiac AngiographyThis procedure is used to improve blood flow through blocked coronary arteries. It involves the insertion of a small plastic tube called a catheter into the artery. Angiographic pictures are made to look for blockages. A small balloon is then placed across the blocked artery and is inflated to compress the blockage and open the artery.


Cardiac Catheterization

Performed typically as an outpatient, a small catheter is inserted through an artery or vein into the chambers of the heart or coronary arteries. X-ray images are used to examine blood flow to the heart and arteries to evaluate how well the heart is pumping, identify any blocked arteries and determine the severity of the patient’s heart disease. In many cases blocked arteries can be opened with a balloon and repaired with metal stents, preventing the need for coronary bypass surgery.

Coronary Angioplasty and Stenting

Angioplasty (also called PTCA) is used to improve blood flow through blocked coronary arteries. It involves the insertion of a small plastic tube called a catheter into a heart artery. X-ray pictures are made to look for blockages. A small balloon is then placed across the blocked artery and is inflated to compress the blockage and open the artery. Frequently a small metal scaffold (stent) is then placed in the artery to prevent it from closing up after it is opened.

ICD: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Sometimes patients required advanced rhythm management treatments to prevent life-threatening rhythm disorders. An implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) is a small device which is placed in the chest or abdomen to help treat seriously irregular heart arrhythmias. It uses electrical pulses or shocks to help prevent life-threatening events, especially those that can cause sudden cardiac arrest.

ICD: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator