To restore blood flow through narrow, weaker blocked arteries, our vascular surgeon temporarily inflates a small balloon inside the damaged blood vessel. After the vessel has been widened, the surgeon may insert a permanent, small mesh tube, or stint to prop the artery open and decrease the chance of narrowing again.
This testing procedure provides your physician direct access to the heart muscle to collect blood samples, measure specific heart functions, and perform biopsies. The surgeon passes a thin flexible tube, or catheter, into the heart from the either the groin or arm.
To correct irregular heart rhythms, our physician may decide its best to insert a small electrical device, or pacemaker, under the skin in your chest or abdomen. This device sends electrical pulses to maintain an appropriate heart rate.
Peripheral Vascular Intervention:
Atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries” can sometimes occur in the legs or arms. This procedure endeavors to clear away the calcified plaque and restore blood flow to the peripheral artery.
PFO and ASD are common types of congenital heart defects. Often undiscovered until adulthood, PFO occurs when the foramen ovale, a vital opening between the upper chambers of the heart (atria) in fetal circulation, fails to close completely after birth. ASD is a hole in the septum, the tissue that separates the atria. This procedure closes the openings in the tissue and reduces the risk of heart failure or stroke.