Heart and Vascular Institute – Interventional Cardiology
For the latest diagnostic and treatment options, turn to Penn State Health Heart and Vascular Institute.
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The interventional cardiology program offers advanced, minimally invasive treatment options for cardiac and vascular diseases. Some examples include:
- Cardiac catheterization uses a catheter (a thin flexible tube) to view the arteries and check the heart’s structure and function.
Cardiac Catheterization Through the Wrist: Innovative Approach for Improved Patient Outcomes
The coronary arteries can narrow due to the accumulation of plaque, cholesterol or deposits such as fat or calcium on the inside of the artery. This buildup restricts blood flow to the heart and can lead to life-threatening issues such as heart attack or stroke.
Specialists at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute use innovative approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of blocked arteries. The majority of procedures are done by entering the circulatory system through the radial artery, in the wrist, as opposed to the more traditional approach through the groin. Experts perform the largest number of radial catheterizations in the region. The team presents their clinical expertise for this approach globally. Benefits to the radial approach that significantly improve patient outcomes include:
- Faster recovery and healing
- Increased comfort
- Less bleeding
- Reduced complications
- Coronary (balloon) angioplasty and stent placement uses a catheter with a tiny balloon on the end to open an artery and place a stent (a tiny, mesh-like tube) to keep the artery open.
- Intravascular ultrasound uses sound waves to see inside the heart and blood vessels.
- Valvuloplasty uses a balloon to fix narrowed or stenotic heart valves.
To make an appointment, call 1-877-467-7484.
Interventional Cardiology Emergency Response Exceeds Standards
The interventional cardiology team at Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute exceeds the national average with quicker door to balloon times. Thanks to the Heart Alert Program, first responders are able to communicate directly with our specialists. We are able to move patients with emergency needs directly to the cath lab for immediate diagnostic exams or life-saving repairs of blocked vessels.