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.
We use a number of different procedures to open up narrowed arteries. Your cardiologist 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 is best 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 from forming around the stent.
- 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 process restores the blood flow.
- Pericardiocentesis: A catheter is placed in the lining around the heart, called the pericardium, to remove excess fluid buildup.
Our heart team may recommend angioplasty, an advanced cardiac procedure, to treat your heart condition:
- Angioplasty, a procedure to open up clogged arteries. Learn more about angioplasty at Sentara.