Understanding interventional cardiology is all about knowing what the “interventions” do for patients. These skillful heart doctors use specialized medications and procedures to:
- Help patients prevent heart attacks, strokes and heart failure.
- Treat people in critical situations such as cardiac arrest.
- Care for their patients living chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, valve disease and heart structure defects.
These interventions frequently involve the minimally invasive practice of catheterization. During catheterization the cardiologist threads a thin tube, a catheter, through your blood vessels until the catheter reaches your heart. Attached to the catheter are instruments that allow the cardiologist to perform remarkable procedures—without major surgery—such as:
- Opening restricted arteries with balloon angioplasty or stenting.
- Repairing aneurysms and other blood vessel damage with grafts.
- Repairing or replacing damaged heart valves.
- Mending heart structure problems such as a hole called a patent foramen ovale.
- Create diagnostic images, similar to x-rays, of the heart
- Insert ventricular assist devices
- Implant stroke-preventing atrial occluder devices
Interventional cardiologists also use catheterization to treat blood vessel problems in other parts of the body besides the heart.
Above all, our interventional cardiology team is dedicated to helping you avoid emergencies, hospital stays and heart disease. Our spirit of prevention helps Yuma-area residents live active, healthy lives by steering clear of more heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening conditions.