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Heart & Vascular Treatment

Less Invasive Cardiovascular Treatment

Minimally invasive procedures and surgeries take place in one of our four cardiac catheterization labs and are used to locate blockages and other problems. Interventional cardiologists insert a catheter into a small incision, usually in the upper thigh, arm or neck, to reach the heart or other peripheral arteries. Physicians view digital images real time, pinpoint the exact problem, and decide the best treatment.

Catheterization, performed thousands of times a year, can often prevent the need for more invasive, open-heart surgery, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement, the newest minimally invasive way to treat valve stenosis.

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More Minimally Invasive Procedures

Angioplasty & Stents

A catheter with a deflated balloon tip is threaded up the coronary arteries and inflated to widen blocked areas and increase blood flow to the heart muscle. Like angioplasty, laser angioplasty uses a catheter with a laser tip that opens the blocked artery or atherectomy which uses a catheter with a rotating shaver on its tip to cut away plaque from the artery. During angioplasty, a wire mesh stent may also be inserted to prop open an artery.

Cardiac ablation

A catheter with an electrode at its tip is guided through the veins to the heart muscle to remove carefully selected scar tissue in your heart Cardiac ablation is to block irregular electrical signals in association with heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).


Used to treat valve stenosis, a catheter is threaded into a blood vessel in the groin with a deflated balloon tip that is inserted into the narrowed heart valve. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to stretch the valve open.

Implantable Cardiac Devices

A pacemaker is a small device implanted in the chest that sends electrical signals to start or regulate a slow heartbeat. Cardiac Resynchronization treats abnormal conduction of the heart’s electrical system with a special pacemaker making the ventricles contract more normally and in synchrony. Cardioverter devices are implanted and deliver pacing – or an electric counter-shock – to the heart when a life-threatening abnormal rhythm is detected.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

In some patients, heart valve replacement may occur without surgery, but candidacy for this kind of procedure is highly individualized. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) (link words to the new TAVR page) is an alternative to standard open chest valve replacement surgery. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces a diseased aortic valve with a man-made valve through a small incision rather than through open heart surgery.

Life After Heart Treatment

Following your procedure, our team works tirelessly on your behalf. At Touro Heart & Vascular Care, we pride ourselves on our ability to heal our patients not only with our extensive suite of surgical and non-surgical treatments, but with helping you make the lifestyle changes you need to maintain your new-found health and energy. Recovery is a process, and we will work with you to refine your eating habits, adjust to medications, and manage your activity with the goal of getting you back to the best that you can be. Learn more about our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

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