Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology is a subspecialty within cardiology where minimally invasive procedures are used to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular diseases. MHVI’s Interventional Cardiology program has treated over 86,000 patients. As treatments and procedures evolve, new services are being added and developed to ensure the best care options for our patients.

Our physicians diagnose and treat:

  • coronary artery disease
  • heart valve disease
  • congenital heart disease
  • vascular disease

Interventional cardiology procedures may include the following:

Cardiac Catheterization: a procedure that uses a dye and x-rays to see how blood flows through your heart. First, a thin hollow tube (catheter) is inserted through an artery in your wrist or groin area and is navigated into the heart. Once the catheter is in place, dye is injected into the catheter and x-ray images are taken to see how the dye moves through the vessels of the heart.

Angioplasty: a catheter based procedure where narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries) are opened by inflating a balloon. If a blockage is found during a Cardiac Cath, this procedure is used to restore blood flow.

Atherectomy: This device is inserted through a catheter and uses a rotating burr to clean vessels.

Coronary Stents: During an angioplasty or an atherectomy procedure it may be determined you need a coronary stent. This is a tiny mesh tube placed into an artery in the heart and expanded to hold it open.

Thrombectomy: This is a device inserted through a catheter that is used to remove blood clots.

Alcohol septal ablation: A technique in which a small amount of alcohol can be directed into a coronary artery to destroy muscle mass that is obstructing blood flow to the heart.

PFO/ASD: A small disk like device is inserted through a catheter used to close a hole between two heart chambers. This is a treatment for congenital heart disease.

Radial Cardiac Catheterization: This is a special type of cardiac catheterization where the catheter is inserted through the radial artery in your wrist and navigated into the heart. This procedure reduces the time you have to lie flat after the procedure and the chances of bleeding. 

After a radial cardiac catheterization, you will recover from the procedure in the Radial Lounge, a café like environment.