Cardiac Interventional Procedures

Our cardiologists may recommend a cardiac interventional procedure in order to open up a narrowed artery. The goal of the procedure is to allow adequate blood flow through the body.

Cardiac Interventional Procedures

We use a number of different procedures to open up narrowed arteries. Your surgeon will use various types of catheters or tiny balloons depending on the exact procedure.

Our cardiac team will discuss your options with you and choose the approach that leads to the best outcome for you.

Interventional procedures we offer include:

  • Intracoronary stent. We insert a tiny metal coil (similar to the spring in a ballpoint pen) into your coronary artery. The stent reinforces the artery wall, preventing it from closing. Visit our Cardiac Media Library to learn more about coronary stents.
  • Drug-eluting stent (DES). This is a stent coated with medication. The medication decreases cell growth in order to prevent scar tissue forming around the stent.
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD). If you have an atrial septal defect, we can repair it in the cath lab instead of performing open heart surgery. This reduces recovery time to one or two days, compared to a four to six week recovery from open heart surgery. Learn more about cardiac catheterization at Sentara.
  • Valvuloplasty. We insert a catheter with a balloon into your heart valve (or valves). We then inflate the balloon, which decreases obstruction in the valve. Visit our Cardiac Media Library to learn more about valvuloplasty.
  • Aortic valvuloplasty. If you have aortic valve stenosis, a condition in which your aortic valve is deformed and narrowed, we may use this procedure to open the valve.
  • Repair patent foramen ovale (PFO). If you have a PFO, a small opening in the atrial septum, we can repair it using an interventional catheterization technique. Visit our Cardiac Media Library to learn more about PFO repair.
  • Atherectomy (DCA). We insert a small mechanical cutter through a catheter to shave away deposits or plaque from the walls of a blocked artery. This restores the blood flow.
  • Pericardiocenteses: A catheter is placed in the lining around the heart called the pericardium to remove excess fluid buildup.

TAVR and Angioplasty: Advanced Cardiac Procedures

Our heart team may recommend one of these advanced cardiac procedures to treat your heart condition:

Our cardiologists may recommend a cardiac interventional procedure in order to open up a narrowed artery. The goal of the procedure is to allow adequate blood flow through the body.

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