Interventional Cardiology

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Experienced interventional cardiologists at Nuvance Health® treat blocked arteries using advanced technology.

Interventional cardiology at Nuvance Health: Why choose us?

When you turn to Nuvance Health, you’ll find:

  • Experienced interventional specialists
    Your care team has experience with a wide range of interventional procedures to treat even the most complex heart conditions. You can access skilled specialists and advanced technology without traveling far from home.
  • An integrated team

    Effectively treating heart conditions takes a team. You receive care from a collaborative team of cardiac specialists, including:

    • Interventional cardiologists
    • Heart surgeons and vascular surgeons
    • Cardiologists in other subspecialties, such as noninvasive cardiology, heart medicine and vascular medicine 
    • Nurses and technologists experienced in interventional procedures such as angioplasty and stenting
  • National reputation
    Our hospitals are nationally recognized by US News and World Report for performance and quality. We participate in many quality initiatives with the goal of improving outcomes every year.
Interventional cardiologists at Nuvance Health diagnose and treat coronary artery disease and heart valve disease using a thin, flexible tube (catheter). We offer emergency and scheduled procedures to treat heart attacks and chronic heart problems.

Interventional cardiology procedures we perform

Interventional cardiologists use catheters to perform minimally invasive procedures. Compared with open heart procedures, catheter-based techniques can reduce scarring and pain, while improving recovery times. We offer:

Cardiac catheterization

Your doctor guides a catheter to your heart to check for cholesterol plaque deposits in the arteries. This procedure also helps the team assess your heart’s strength and valve function.

Interventional cardiovascular procedures

Your doctor opens blocked or narrowed arteries using one or more procedures:

  • Atherectomy
    Using a rotating drill-like device to break up blockages in coronary arteries
  • Balloon angioplasty
    Improving blood flow by guiding a catheter into your arteries and inflating a balloon on the tip
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
    Pumping your blood outside your body to a heart-lung machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygenated blood back to your body
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
    Helping your heart pump more blood using a balloon that inflates and deflates when your heart beats
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
    Restoring blood flow in your coronary artery, which may include balloon angioplasty, atherectomy and stents
  • Stent implantation
    Inserting a small metal coil or mesh tube (stent) to keep newly opened arteries from collapsing after balloon angioplasty or atherectomy. Most coronary artery procedures involve stent placement. Most stents also have a drug on them to prevent scarring that may narrow the artery.
  • Ventricular assist devices (VAD)
    Using a mechanical pump to support heart function and blood flow in weakened hearts. Impella® is one example of a VAD.

Interventional heart valve procedures

Your doctor diagnoses and repairs problems in your heart valves using one or more procedures, including:

  • Myocardial biopsy: Obtaining and analyzing a small piece of heart muscle tissue to look for diseases that affect your heart
  • CardioMEMS™ placement: Inserting a small sensor that can more carefully monitor patients with heart failure
  • Left atrial appendage occlusion device (Watchman™): Inserting a device to reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation who can’t take blood thinners
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair using MitraClip™: Repairing your heart’s leaking mitral valve and restoring normal blood flow using a small clip
  • Patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defect closure: Closing a hole in the wall between the heart’s right and left upper chambers that should close after birth but sometimes doesn’t
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): Replacing an aortic valve that doesn’t open properly (aortic stenosis) using advanced catheter-based techniques

Customized care for your heart

Your care team discusses your case from multiple perspectives before recommending an interventional procedure. Your treatment plan may also include heart medication or vascular medication, heart surgery, vascular surgery.