Conemaugh Health System is a local leader in Interventional Cardiology. Interventional cardiology procedures use computer-guided catheters to repair damaged heart or blood vessels. This often avoids the need for surgery.
Common treatable conditions include coronary artery disease (the narrowing of the coronary arteries), heart valve disease or peripheral vascular disease that can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke or loss of limbs.
Interventional procedures, also known as non-surgical procedures, are done under a local anesthetic and recovery is usually less than 24 hours. Patients are often home within two days of the procedure and back to their normal routine within three days. Interventional services can be scheduled, or can be performed during a cardiac catheterization if a problem is revealed during this diagnostic procedure.
Interventional cardiology procedures can include:
- Balloon angioplasty
- Carotid stent implantation
- Clot extraction
- Directional atherectomy
- Doppler flow mapping
- Extraction athrectomy
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedures to treat abnormal heart rhythms
- Intracoronary ultrasound
- Pacemaker insertion
- Rotational atherectomy
- Stent implantation
- Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion
Interventional treatments are typically performed on an outpatient basis by physician members of our cardiology, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology or vascular team. A physician’s order is required before a procedure can be scheduled.
Patients receive detailed directions about the procedure and how to prepare for it. Please contact your doctor for more information or if you have questions about your scheduled procedure.