Heart Failure Procedures
Heart failure procedures at Martha Jefferson Hospital:
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) (formerly referred to as angioplasty)
A small tube — a catheter — with a tiny deflated balloon on the end is inserted through an incision in the groin area and pushed through to the diseased artery. Then the balloon is inflated to push open the artery. The balloon is removed once the artery has been fully opened. A stent may be placed during the procedure to keep the blood vessel open.
These devices are surgically placed and deliver pacing, or an electric countershock, to the heart when a life-threatening abnormal rhythm is detected.