With advancements in medical technology, cardiologists specializing in interventional cardiology techniques are able to treat patients using minimally invasive procedures that use a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into the arteries. The catheter is guided to the heart to open blocked arteries and improve blood flow. These advanced techniques are a non-surgical alternative to treat many heart conditions.
Areas of expertise include:
- Cardiac catheterization: A thin, flexible tube is guided to the heart to open blocked arteries and improve blood flow.
- Angioplasty: A tiny balloon at the end of a catheter is inflated to push plaque against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow.
- Stent placement: A small mesh tube is placed in an artery to hold it open and improve blood flow.
- Ablation: A catheter fitted with a tiny electrode eliminates abnormal heart cells that cause arrhythmias.
- Coronary angiography: A catheter fitted with a tiny rotating shaver removes hardened plaque to open a blocked artery.
- Diagnosis of heart rhythm and electrical disorders: Our team uses tests like electrophysiology studies, Holter monitoring and event monitoring.
- Electrophisiology: An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test performed to assess your heart's electrical system or activity and is used to diagnose abnormal heartbeats or arrhythmia. The test is performed by inserting catheters and then wire electrodes, while measure electrical acuity, through blood vessels that enter the heart.
- Loop Recorder: A small implantable device inserted under the skin to monitor and record the electrical activity of the heart.
- Implants: Pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are implanted in the chest to help control and/or correct abnormal cardiac rhythms.
- Diagnostic EP studies: A minimally invasive, catheter based study of the electrical activity in the heart which is used to look for abnormal heart rhythms and the best way to threat them.
- Interventional EP (ablations): A catheter ablation which uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to mode a small area of tissue inside the heart that is causing rapid or irregular heartbeats.