Durham Regional Hospital’s interventional cardiologists are here to help our patients who are suffering from coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, arrhythmia, or peripheral vascular disease.
- Angioplasty is a procedure where a deflated balloon is attached to special tubing and threaded up to the coronary arteries. The balloon is inflated to widen areas where blood flow to the heart muscle has been blocked.
This procedure is often combined with implantation of a stent to help prop the artery open and decrease the chance of another blockage. Durham Regional Hospital offers angioplasty of coronary and peripheral arteries using the latest technology.
- Arteriography is a medical imaging technique used to visualize coronary and peripheral arterial vessels. This is traditionally done by injecting a radio-opaque contrast agent into the blood vessel and using x-ray based techniques for imaging.
- Cardiac ablation is a procedure used to treat irregular heartbeats. It involves inserting catheters into the large blood vessels of the leg and floating them to the heart. Electrodes at the tip of the catheter are used to pinpoint the abnormal electrical site causing heart rhythm disturbances.
- Stenting helps improve blood flow to the heart and relieve symptoms. The stent is a wire metal mesh tube that is collapsed to a small diameter and put over a balloon catheter. It's then moved into the area of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands, locks in place, and holds the artery open.
- Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implantation can also be performed at Durham Regional Hospital.
Diagnostics and treatment of rhythm disturbances allow our experts to assess irregular heart rhythms with diagnostic testing. These tests can help determine the cause of the disturbance.
Interventional cardiology procedures are performed in Durham Regional Hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory.
Physicians offering this service include: