Cardiac Procedures & Surgeries
Find the expert care you need close to home to relieve your symptoms of heart disease. Rely on our cardiologists to treat your condition with a minimally invasive heart procedure or heart surgery and get you back in action.
To open a blocked artery, an angioplasty procedure may be recommended for you. During a balloon angioplasty, a special tube with an inflatable balloon is threaded into your coronary artery until it reaches the blockage. Then the balloon inflates to widen the blocked area and flatten any plaque in the way. (Plaque refers to fatty deposits made of cholesterol, calcium or other substances found in your blood. These can harden over time and restrict or even block blood flow.) The balloon gets deflated and removed from your artery.
Though less invasive than surgery, an angioplasty may still require an overnight hospital stay. Often, angioplasty is combined with a stent placement to prop the artery open.
To help open a blocked or clogged artery, a small tube — called a stent — may be used. Though the stent stays in place permanently, it’s often used in conjunction with an angioplasty (which helps open the blocked artery initially). A stent helps increase blood flow and reduce chest pain, known as angina.
If you’re having symptoms of a blocked or clogged coronary artery, a cardiac catheterization may be recommended for you. A small, thin tube, or catheter, is placed into a vein at your wrist, groin or neck, and then it’s threaded into your heart. From there, your cardiologist may do more diagnostic tests to see what kind of heart problem you may have, including:
- Locating any blockages in your arteries
- Measuring oxygen levels in different parts of your heart
- Monitoring how your heart pumps blood
- Taking a heart tissue sample
This procedure can also be used to treat a known heart condition and may be part of an angioplasty and stent placement procedure. Often, this is done in an outpatient setting and you are able to go home the same day.
When an aortic valve thickens and hardens, it limits (or narrows) the flow of blood from your heart to the rest of your body, which can lead to chest pain or even heart failure. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may be an option for you if you’re at risk for complications from an open-heart surgery (known as a surgical aortic valve replacement). The minimally invasive TAVR procedure replaces a narrowed aortic valve without removing the damaged valve (similar to how a stent is placed within a narrowed artery) and leaves all chest bones in place.
Often, a TAVR procedure requires a 2- to 5-day hospital stay to monitor your recovery.