When diagnostic tests reveal a need for treatment, catheterization and electrophysiology procedures are performed by a cardiovascular specialist or cardiac surgeon in our state-of-the-art Procedural Care Unit on the second floor of the Hospital. These treatments include:
A tiny incision allows a narrow, flexible plastic tube to pass through the patient’s blood vessel into the arteries. X-rays can reveal artery narrowing or blockages. This procedure lasts approximately one hour.
Angioplasty & Cardiac Stenting
A small balloon is placed in the narrow or blocked area of the artery, and is then inflated and deflated to relieve the blockage and allow blood to flow freely to the heart. A small stent is sometimes placed in the artery to reduce the chance of blockage reoccurring. This procedure lasts approximately one to two hours.
When the heart beats too fast, specially designed catheters are used to destroy the cells disrupting the heart’s rhythm. This procedure lasts approximately one to two hours.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
Performed by an electrophysiologist, a small, lightweight device is placed inside the body to maintain and correct the heart’s rhythm.
Peripheral Vascular Studies
Dye is injected into the legs’ arteries through a catheter to find blockages, which can be treated through angioplasty and stent placement. This procedure lasts approximately one hour.
Renal Artery Angiography
Dye is injected into the arteries that supply blood to the kidneys through a catheter to find blockages, which can be treated through angioplasty and stent placement. This procedure lasts approximately one to one-and-one-half hours.
Permanent Pacemaker Implants
A small device—which regulates heartbeat—is implanted through the chest while the patient is under local anesthesia. This procedure lasts approximately two to three hours.