We use a number of ablation procedures to correct problems with your heart’s rhythm.
We use this procedure to treat irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Your doctor inserts a catheter into the heart so a special machine can deliver energy directly to tiny areas of the heart. This energy “disconnects” the pathway of the abnormal heart rhythm. Ablation can re-establish a normal heart rhythm and help control your heart rate, as well as reduce the risk of blood clots and stroke.
This procedure locates and cuts off the abnormal electrical pathway in your heart that causes your atrial fibrillation – or the quiver – in your heart’s rhythm and often produces blood clots.
This technique cuts through the abnormal electrical pathways in your heart by using “heat” transferred through the tip of a specialized catheter. The catheter is guided by either X-ray imaging or 3-D mapping.
During this procedure, a small balloon is inserted and inflated to stretch and open a narrowed heart valve. This eases the flow of blood through the valve. Although a valvuloplasty is sometimes necessary before heart surgery, in some patients it’s a long-term solution.
Directional and rotational atherectomy are procedures used to remove the blockage (plaque) responsible for narrowing in your artery.
Our specialists use a catheter equipped with a tiny blade to remove plaque from your blocked artery. A special collection chamber on the catheter captures the plaque, and is then removed along with the device.
Instead of a blade, we use a catheter with a diamond-coated tip to grind away the plaque on your artery walls. The small particles wash away safely in your bloodstream, and your liver and spleen filter them out.
During this corrective procedure, your doctor will insert a device in the “hole” in the walls between the different chambers of your heart where blood escapes instead of flowing along its normal route. The closure device is delivered through a small hole in your groin by a catheter.
This single procedure with several names is used to open narrowed arteries. We use a catheter with a small balloon on its tip to flatten, or compress, the plaque against the artery wall. In many cases, our specialists perform balloon angioplasty in combination with coronary stenting or a stent placement procedure.
Your doctor places a small mesh, metal tube (stent) inside your artery. It supports the artery to keep it open and improve blood flow to your heart. It also reduces chest pain (angina). The stent is placed after we clear your artery of blockage (coronary angioplasty). It then becomes a permanent part of your artery.
Under certain conditions, your heart condition may respond best to one of several devices we implant for long-term treatment.
Bi-Ventricular Resynchronization Implantation
We implant pace leads into both pumping chambers of your heart to “re-synchronize” or “retime” it, so both chambers pump at the same time. This helps move blood through the heart more efficiently and deliver blood to your organs.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
This device sends an electric current through your heart. It’s used to regulate an abnormally fast heart rate that causes you to faint or your heart to pump improperly. When medicines don’t work, an ICD can be implanted under the skin.
This treatment opens narrowed coronary arteries to improve blood flow to your heart. We can perform it during a diagnostic cardiac catheterization if we identify a blockage. It can also be done after testing has confirmed you have coronary artery disease. With the catheter in place, your specialist will use one of the interventional procedures described, such as coronary angioplasty, coronary stenting or coronary atherectomy.
The LARIAT® procedure is performed under general anesthesia. We insert one catheter under the patient’s rib cage and use another to guide it into place within the heart's left atrial appendage.
Once in place, the LARIAT® Suture Delivery Device tightens a loop around the base of the left atrial appendage (LAA). The loop stitch permanently seals off this tiny cavity from the rest of the heart to block blood clots from traveling to the brain. Over time, the tied-off appendage turns into scar tissue.
This is the latest available technology used to correct, or reduce, a severe “leaking” mitral valve. A “clip,” like a staple, fuses two sections of the mitral valve to reduce the valve opening. This allows your blood to flow through the left atrium to the left ventricle. You can have this procedure without an open-chest surgical procedure.
A special pump delivers saline through a catheter at high pressure to remove a clot in the artery. The pump creates a vacuum and breaks the clot into pieces. The pieces are then suctioned out of the artery. We use this procedure when we need to remove many clots from your heart.