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Percutaneous Coronary Intervention/Stent Placement

Interventional Cardiology includes all procedures aimed at physically correcting or preventing a problem with the coronary and peripheral arteries. Interventional cardiology does not include open heart surgery and does not require a patient's chest to be opened.

 

Interventional cardiology procedures are performed in the cardiac catheterization lab. They are performed much the same way as your heart catheterization - by threading a small catheter into an artery in the leg, arm or wrist and guiding it into the coronary arteries.

 

Once the catheter is in the affected coronary artery, there are several techniques that can be used to restore blood flow. These techniques include angioplasty (PTCA), atherectomy and stent placement. Your cardiologist will visit with you about which option is best for you.

 

Your interventional procedure may be done right after your cardiac catheterization before you return to your room, or may be scheduled for a later date. Interventional cardiology procedures may also be performed for patients who are experiencing a heart attack.

 

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