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Beebe Healthcare’s Board Certified interventional cardiologists are able to diagnose and treat cardiac patients who may need catheter-based interventions for heart disease and heart-related illnesses.
Beebe's Interventional Cardiology team was recognized among America's 100 Best for Coronary Intervention in 2017 and 2018 by Healthgrades. In addition, Healthgrades recognized Beebe with the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award.
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Most cardiac patients are able to receive care at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus. Our interventionalists treat people of all ages, some with serious cardiac conditions. We provide care for common problems such as chest pain (angina), as well as more serious conditions, such as heart attack (myocardial infarction) and mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack).
Beebe is constantly advancing its technology and capabilities, including the addition of a new Interventional Cardiology Lab in 2019 and a new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room for our vascular team, which is scheduled to open in 2020.
Coronary Catheterization Looks Into the Heart
Coronary catheterization is often the best way for cardiologists to confirm a preliminary diagnosis. When such tests are inconclusive, coronary catheterization may be able to show, with remarkable clarity, exactly what the problem is and where it is located. After using local anesthesia and moderate sedation on the patient, doctors insert a tiny plastic tube, or catheter, through veins or arteries, directly into the chambers of the heart itself. Blood can be sampled for testing and pressures can be measured.
Then, by injecting special dye through the tube, the heart itself, and vital surrounding blood vessels, can be observed in action. Valve activity, blood flow, and blockages become visible through special X-ray monitoring screens. Diagnosis may be clarified and confirmed, and treatment options frequently become obvious to the experienced cardiologist.
The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, and the patient should allow a full day for the procedure and recovery. Risks and complications from the procedure exist, but they are minimal.
- Stent Implantation
- Coronary Stenting and Angioplasty
- Interventional Radiology
- Coronary Catheterization Diagnostics
- Coronary Atherectomy
- Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI)
- Peripheral Vascular Intervention and Primary PCI
- Balloon Angioplasty (Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty, or PTCA)
Have questions about your heart health or an upcoming procedure. Beebe Nurse Navigator Carrie Snyder can help. Contact Carrie here.