Invasive Cardiology uses open or minimally-invasive surgery to identify or treat structural or electrical abnormalities within the heart structure.
An angiogram is an examination of your blood vessels using x-ray. The doctor will insert a small tube (catheter) into the blood vessel and then he/she will inject x-ray dye (contrast) that makes the vessels visible when the x-ray pictures are being taken. This will then allow the doctor to determine how well the blood moves through the vessels of your heart.
Coronary angioplasty (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty) is a medical procedure used to open narrowed or clogged blood vessels of the heart. A thin balloon is threaded through a blood vessel in the groin or arm into a heart (coronary) artery. The balloon is inflated to compress the blockage and stretch the artery open. A stent, which is a fine metal mesh tube, is then placed within the artery to keep it open.
A pacemaker insertion is the implantation of a small electronic device that is usually placed in the chest (just below the collarbone) to help regulate slow electrical problems with the heart. A pacemaker may be recommended to ensure that the heartbeat does not slow to a dangerously low rate.
The device is a leadless pacemaker for single chamber pacing and eliminated the need for a surgical pocket or transvenous leads. The design concept is to simplify pacemaker implantation and eliminate the need for leads, which open the patient up to additional device and infection complications.
Electrophysiology (or “EPS”) study is a procedure used to analyze the electrical system of the heart. In this procedure, catheters are inserted into the heart via a vein in the groin. Unlike cardiac catheterization, in which catheters are inserted into the artery, catheters in an EP study generally are inserted only into the vein. No X-Ray contrast dye is used during an EP study.
An aortic stent, also called an aortic stent graft, is a metal skeleton inside a fabric graft. A graft works by exerting pressure against the portions of the artery above and below the aneurysm to cut off circulation to the aneurysm.
MitraClip (mitral clip) is a medical device used to treat mitral valve regurgitation for individuals who should not have open-heart surgery. It is implanted via a tri-axial transcatheter technique and involves suturing together the anterior and posterior mitral valve leaflets.
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation is an alternative to open heart surgery in patients with aortic stenosis. However, long-term data on a programmatic approach to aortic valve implantation remain sparse.
Left Atrial Appendage Closure is a procedure your doctor will perform while you are under general anesthesia. In Left Atrial Appendage Closure, small flexible tubes (catheters) will be used to deliver a tiny device into the heart. The device is used to seal off the left atrial appendage, keeping blood from reaching that area.
An Inferior-Vena Cava filter is a small device that is placed in your inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from moving through your blood into your lungs. Your IVC filter will be placed by your interventional radiologist. An interventional radiologist is a doctor who specializes in image-guided procedures.
Percutaneous Transvenous Mitral Commissurotomy (PTMC), also known as percutaneous mitral balloon valvotomy, hasbecome the procedure of choice for patients with symptomatic severe mitral stenosis (MS) who have suitable mitral valve (MV) morphology on echocardiography.
Peripheral vascular intervention is a minimally invasive outpatient (same day) procedure used to treat peripheral artery disease, which causes plaque buildup in the arteries leading to the intestines, head, arms and most commonly the legs.
The Watchman Implant is a minimally invasive, one-time procedure designed to reduce the risk of strokes that originate in the left atrial appendage (LAA). One-time procedure designed to reduce the risk of strokes that originate in the left atrial