Interventional Cardiology

Lifesaving heart care, close to home

If you have a heart attack, the sooner you receive treatment, the less likely you are to have significant heart damage. Previously, patients had to travel outside Henderson County for lifesaving treatment called percutaneous coronary intervention. Now, we offer that same high quality treatment at Pardee, so you can receive the lifesaving heart treatment you need, fast.

If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, angina (chest pain) or another heart condition, you may be referred to our interventional cardiologist for a diagnostic test or a minimally invasive treatment in our cardiac catheterization lab ("cath lab"). Interventional cardiologists use cardiac catheterization to find and treat blockages or narrowing in your heart's arteries (caused by heart disease). If you have a heart attack, a cardiac catheterization to open a blocked artery can save your life.

Interventional cardiologists are specially trained to perform minimally invasive procedures, typically in the cardiac catheterization lab.

Our cardiac catheterization lab

We have a state-of-the-art catheterization lab located inside the hospital that provides both diagnostic evaluation and interventional treatment for our patients. 

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that provides valuable insight into the anatomy of the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood.

With this technique, your interventional cardiologist can see directly if you have blockages in your critical vessels, which could cause a heart attack.

What happens during the procedure?

Catheterization is not a surgery. During the procedure, you will be awake or mildly sedated. Your doctor will inject a small amount of numbing medicine into your skin in the groin area. Through the numbed area, your doctor will place a small tube called a catheter into a blood vessel in your groin and perform the rest of the procedure through this tube. When the exam is complete, your doctor will remove the catheter.

Treatment options after diagnostic testing

Cardiac catheterization diagnostic testing provides important information that helps your doctor guide you through potential options of therapy, which include:

  • Risk factor modification: Addressing risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, tobacco use and/or obesity.

  • Medication

  • Angioplasty: Also called percutaneous coronary intervention, this procedure opens blocked or narrowed arteries using a balloon. The interventional cardiologist will insert a small balloon through a catheter and then inflate the balloon once the catheter reaches the blocked artery.  

  • Stent: A procedure performed during an angioplasty to insert a small mesh tube that opens a narrowed artery or supports a weakened artery.

  • Angiogram: The interventional cardiologist will insert a catheter, thread it to your heart, and then inject dye into the catheter. He or she will then take X-ray images of your heart to look for narrowing or blockages.

  • Intravascular ultrasound: A catheter with an ultrasound probe is inserted into the artery and is then monitored by attached ultrasound equipment. This detects sound waves that give your doctor a better idea of how your heart is functioning.

  • Atherectomy: A catheter with a small blade attached to the end is used to remove plaque buildup from the artery walls.

  • Bypass surgery: Heart surgery performed at a nearby reference hospital.

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