A procedure used to treat some types of rapid heart beating. A catheter with an electrode at its tip is guided to the area of heart muscle where there is an extra pathway. A mild, painless radiofrequency energy is transmitted to the pathway. This causes the heart muscle cells in a very small area to die, which stops the area from conducting the extra impulses that cause the heart to beat too rapidly.
A procedure that helps a physician diagnose a heart problem and choose the most effective treatment. During this process, a cardiologist can see if the blood vessels in your heart are clogged, if your heart is pumping normally and blood is flowing correctly and if you were born with any heart problems. This is also referred to as an angiogram or heart cath. If a nonsurgical procedure is needed, it may be done at the time of the catheterization.
A small mesh device placed in a blocked artery to hold it open so more blood can get to the heart.
These procedures are conducted to identify the location of your heart's electrical pathways. Electrical wires are inserted into a catheter and guided through the blood vessels in your leg to your heart. While inside the chambers of the heart, the wires record abnormal impulses or heartbeats. Once the abnormality is discovered, it may be treated with radiofrequency catheter ablation.
Defibrillator Implants (ICD)
This is a small electronic device that is placed inside the body. It constantly monitors your heart rhythm. If it senses a dangerous rapid heart rhythm, it delivers one or more shocks to the heart and restores a more normal rhythm.
A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that helps the heart beat with a regular rhythm.
Peripheral Vascular Procedures
These procedures address areas of blockage in the blood vessels of the arms, legs, kidneys or neck. Catheterizations, angioplasties or stent placement are used to detect and correct any blockages.