Interventional cardiology is a specialized branch of cardiovascular care that uses minimally invasive techniques to treat various problems in the heart. When you need an interventional procedure, you can take comfort in knowing, that at HSHS St. Mary’s, you will be treated by a Prairie cardiologist who has performed similar procedures hundreds of times before.
If a problem is found during your cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also called angioplasty, can be performed at St. Mary’s for blockages in blood vessels below the neck. During a PCI procedure, special tubing with an attached deflated balloon is threaded up to the coronary arteries. The balloon is inflated to widen blocked areas in the artery where blood flow has been reduced or stopped. PCI at St. Mary’s also can be combined with stenting to help prop the artery open and decrease the chance of another blockage.
The availability of PCI and stenting at St. Mary’s is a significant benefit to the community. If you arrive in the Emergency Department with a heart attack or if your cardiac catheterization procedure shows a blockage, you do not have to wait to be transferred to a hospital in a different town before receiving the treatment you need. And with cardiac care close to home, saving precious time means saving your precious heart muscle.
To make an appointment or for more information about Interventional Cardiology at St. Mary’s, call 422-6100.