Interventional Cardiology

Your heart is a strong muscular pump that is responsible for moving gallons of blood through your body every day. 2018 Inpt Services 2 ImageLike other muscles, your heart requires a continuous supply of blood to function properly. Your heart muscle gets the blood it needs from the coronary arteries. Coronary artery disease is the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, usually caused by atherosclerosis. When blood flow becomes restricted and oxygen delivery to the heart is limited, chest pain called angina may occur. If blood supply to a portion of the heart muscle is cut off or the demands of the heart become much greater than its blood supply, a heart attack may occur.

Cardiac Catheterizations

If you have had angina, dizziness, or other symptoms of heart trouble, your doctor may suggest having a cardiac catheterization to help diagnose your problem. Cardiologists perform “cardiac caths” in special examination rooms called catheterization laboratories (Cath Labs). During the catheterization procedure, a narrow, flexible tube is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm and advanced to the heart. Cardiologists then use diagnostic imaging equipment to examine the heart’s arterial system and pumping actions.

Services are available at Atrium Medical CenterMiami Valley Hospital, and Upper Valley Medical Center.

Treating Blocked Arteries

When additional help is needed, the experienced teams at Premier Health treat blocked arteries with innovative technology and compassion care.

Coronary Angioplasty

Coronary angioplasty relieves symptoms of coronary artery disease by improving blood flow to the heart. A small balloon is connected to a catheter, guided through the artery, and inflated to make room for a stent that keeps the artery open. Our cardiologists offer a wide variety of stents to meet patients’ specific needs.

Services are available at Atrium Medical CenterMiami Valley Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center.

A “New Spin” on Treating Severe Coronary Artery Disease

More than 40 percent of patients with coronary artery disease have calcified coronary lesions, that narrow or block blood flow. Many high risk patients do not respond to conventional methods to open the arteries. In these cases, the hardened plaque buildup must be modified for stent placement. Using a minimally invasive procedure called coronary orbital atherectomy, a thin wire with a diamond-coated crown is placed in the artery. The crown spins and gently sands down the plaque into tiny particles the body is able to absorb, clears the artery of blockages, and helps restore blood flow to the heart. The animated video depicts the procedure.

             

When Heart Valves are Too Tight

In the heart, a series of one-way gates called valves keep the blood moving in the right direction. If a valve doesn’t open wide enough, doesn’t close tightly enough, or wears out, not enough blood is sent out to the body. Premier Health cardiothoracic surgeons repair and replace heart valves using open-heart and minimally-invasive surgery techniques.

Aortic stenosis is a common, progressive valve disease that limits blood flow from the heart, especially for those over age 65. Until recently the only option was to replace or repair the valve by doing open-heart surgery. Now there is a new procedure for those with aortic stenosis who are too frail to undergo traditional open-heart procedures. It’s called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally-invasive procedure used to treat severe aortic stenosis. It replaces a heart valve while the heart remains beating. Watch the animated video.

 

The Premier Health TAVR Team, composed of specialists and staff from across the region, is experienced in both traditional aortic valve replacement and TAVR procedures. Additionally, the team includes a certified nurse specialist who assists with pre-operative testing, post-operative care, and patient follow-up.

While our team includes specialists from throughout the region, services are provided at Miami Valley Hospital.

To learn more, watch videos of our physicians answering frequently asked questions about aortic stenosis and TAVR.

Don’t Give Your Heart to Just Anyone. Trust Premier Health

With as much compassion as we have commitment, facilities located throughout the region, and an extensive physician network Premier Health offers award-winning, quality care close to home. That’s how Premier Health is leading in heart and vascular care.

For more information about our heart and vascular services call (937) 499-7427(937) 499-7427.

Content Updated: January 9, 2019

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