Hospital Procedures

Hospital Procedures

DIAGNOSTIC CARDIAC CATHERIZATION

What is it?

Cardiac catheterization (often called “Heart Cath”) is a minimally invasive test that allows us to see the inside of the heart as it pumps. This test is used to see blood flow through the small arteries that supply the heart itself and through the valves between different compartments or chambers of the heart. It also measures pressure within the heart and components. A Cardiac catheterization helps us evaluate how tightly the valves close, how clear the coronary arteries are, and the strength of the heart muscle.

BALLOON ANGIOPLASTY

What is it?

Balloon angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to treat coronary artery disease. The goal of balloon angioplasty is to push the fatty plaque back against the artery wall to make more room for blood to flow through the artery. This improved blood flow reduces the risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death.

CORONARY STENT IMPLANTATION

What is it?

Stenting is a catheter-based procedure in which a stent (a small, expandable wire mesh tube) is inserted into a diseased artery to hold it
open. Currently, stenting is performed most often in conjunction with other catheter-based procedures, such as balloon angioplasty or
atherectomy.

PERIPHERAL ANGIOGRAPHY

What is it?

Angiography is a process by which dye is injected in the specific peripheral blood vessels (arteries). The angiography consists of x-ray pictures that are taken of the arteries once the dye is injected. Those x-rays show the walls of the arteries to give a better view of the blockages that may exist.

PERIPHERAL STENT IMPLANTATION

What is it?

Stenting is a catheter-based procedure in which a stent (a small, expandable wire mesh tube) is inserted into a diseased peripheral artery to hold it open. Currently, stenting is performed most often in conjunction with other catheter-based procedures, such as balloon angioplasty or laser.

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