Interventional Cardiologists specialize in the treatment of coronary artery blockages and certain types of heart valve problems. They utilize specialized devices that are advanced through blood vessels under x-ray guidance, which helps some patients avoid open heart surgery.
Cardiac catheterization includes procedures that evaluate blockages of the coronary arteries. Our specially-equipped rooms contain state of the art digital x-ray equipment and are staffed by highly-trained and experienced nurses and technicians who assist the interventional cardiologist. After local anesthesia, thin tubes, known as catheters, are threaded painlessly through an artery in the wrist or groin into the heart chambers or into the coronary arteries.
Cardiac catheterization is often supplemented by even more advanced imaging techniques to provide a precise assessment of the extent and severity of blockages of coronary arteries. With this information, the best therapies may be devised. Often, blockages are treated by the interventional cardiologist in the same session, through the use of balloons to open the blockages, and through implantation of stents, expandable metal meshes designed to stay in place permanently to keep the artery open at the site of the treated blockage.
MMMC Outpatient Clinic Interventional Cardiology Services
Our services include diagnosis, evaluation, management and treatment for:
- Treatment for an active heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Angioplasty (also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), angioplasty is an intervention for the treatment of coronary artery disease)
- Stenting (placement of a small, self-expanding, metal mesh tube inside a coronary artery after an angioplasty. A stent is placed to prevent the artery from re-closing)
- Atherectomy (cutting away plaque deposits inside the blood vessel)
Joseph Chambers, MD
Colin Lee, MD, FACC