Interventional cardiology procedures use minimally invasive catheterization techniques to treat problems like coronary artery disease (CAD). Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee offers state-of-the-art interventional cardiology procedures such as balloon angioplasty with stenting and pacemaker or defibrillator implantation. To benefit from the team’s experience, contact the office in Jackson, Dyersburg, Lexington, Adamsville, or McKenzie, Tennessee. Call or book an appointment online today.
Interventional cardiology procedures are treatments for heart problems that don’t involve traditional surgery. You might need to undergo an interventional cardiology procedure if you have a condition that isn’t improving or can’t be treated with lifestyle changes and medication.
Heart conditions that could benefit from interventional cardiology procedures include:
Interventional cardiology procedures can also help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Cardiac catheterization (also known as cardiac cath or heart cath) provides information about how well your heart is working, identifies specific problems, and enables the team at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee to open any blocked arteries.
The procedure takes place in the hospital and may require an overnight stay. Your provider inserts a thin, hollow tube called a catheter into a large blood vessel leading to your heart. They can then perform procedures such as balloon angioplasty.
With balloon angioplasty, the catheter has a deflated balloon at its tip. Your provider inflates the balloon to open areas affected by reduced or blocked blood flow. They may also implant a mesh tube (stent) to help keep the artery open.
Placement of coronary stents decreases the chance of another blockage occurring. Placement of peripheral stents in blood vessels outside your heart might be necessary if there’s narrowing or blockages in areas like your legs.
The type of interventional cardiology procedure you need depends on the cause of your condition. Procedures the team at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee performs include:
Laser angioplasty doesn’t use a balloon; instead, the catheter has a laser that uses pulsating light beams to clear blockages.
A pacemaker is a small, implantable, battery-operated device that helps your heart to beat in a regular rhythm. It has a generator that produces electrical impulses to stimulate your heartbeat and connects to your heart through tiny wires.
A defibrillator is another implantable device with single or double leads that shocks your heart if it detects a life-threatening arrhythmia. The defibrillator also has a pacemaker built into it. A subcutaneous defibrillator is a less invasive alternative without a lead inside your heart.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy or biventricular pacing helps to help improve your heart function if you have heart failure. During this procedure, your provider implants a small pacemaker, usually just below your collarbone.
Laser lead extraction involves the use of a laser to remove pacemaker or defibrillator leads that are malfunctioning or infected.
To benefit from cutting-edge interventional cardiology procedures at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee, call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.