Interventional Cardiology Treatments Reduce Risk, Pain, and Recovery Time
Interventional cardiology at Franciscan Health is staffed by board-certified physicians who use advanced technology to perform a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Many of these procedures are minimally invasive. Interventional cardiologists use X-Rays and MRIs to guide them when advancing catheters, wires, and other small instruments through the body, usually in an artery, to the source of the disease non-surgically. With few or no incisions, interventional cardiology allows for less pain and a quicker recovery time for patients.
Benefits of interventional cardiology
Interventional cardiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. These specialists give patients an in-depth knowledge of minimally invasive treatments along with cardiology diagnostic and clinical experience.
- Most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis or require only a short hospital stay.
- General anesthesia usually is not required.
- Risk, pain, and recovery time are often significantly reduced.
- The procedures are sometimes less expensive than surgery or other alternatives.
Common interventional cardiology services
For more than 20 years, interventional cardiologists have used an artery in the groin or wrist to eliminate clots in the arteries surrounding the heart. Physicians at Franciscan Health pioneered the wrist technique, which means patients are able to be mobile sooner than they would using the groin approach.
If your doctor suspects a blockage in one of the arteries in the heart, they will order an angiogram, which allows them to see the internal structures of the arteries using X-ray and a special dye that is injected through a thin, flexible tube, which has been inserted into an artery in your groin. If the interventional cardiologist performing the test is able to find the blockage, he or she can immediately perform a procedure known as angioplasty to remove the clot or plaques.
Research has shown that most patients benefit from the placing of a tiny, mesh coil in the artery where the blockage was located to prevent a second blockage from forming at the site. The tiny mesh coil, which is also known as a stent, is available with, and without, a coating of medication.