University Heart interventional cardiologists, available 24 hours a day, use the most advanced, innovative tools and skills to manipulate tiny catheters inside blood vessels to access and repair narrowed arteries or a weakened heart muscle often caused by plaque build-up (arteriosclerosis).
These non-surgical procedures can often be performed through an artery in the wrist, allowing for same-day discharge, less discomfort, and quicker recovery. The interventional portion of the procedure is often performed at the time of a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, but may be deferred to a later date depending on individual circumstances.
Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty
Interventional cardiologists with University Heart offer a variety of coronary angiography and angioplasty procedures to clear blocked coronary arteries.
The minimally invasive procedure to treat mitral, pulmonic, or aortic stenosis by improving blood flow is performed in the University Heart cardiac catheterization laboratory. A catheter is guided into the chambers of the heart, and a tiny hole is created in the wall between the upper two chambers. This hole provides an opening to access the left atrium with a special balloon-tipped catheter.
The catheter is positioned so the tip is directly inside the narrowed valve. The balloon is inflated and deflated several times to widen the valve opening. Once the opening of the valve has been widened enough, the balloon is removed. During the procedure, an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) may be performed to get a better picture of the mitral valve.
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