In some cases, heart disease can be treated using minimally invasive interventional cardiology techniques that use a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into the arteries. The catheter is guided to the heart to open blocked arteries and improve blood flow. These advanced techniques are performed on an outpatient basis and offer a non-surgical alternative to treat many heart conditions.
Sebastian River Medical Center's board-certified interventional cardiologists use a variety of catheter-assisted techniques to treat heart disease, including:
Diagnostic cardiac catheterization - Examines the heart with real-time images (fluoroscopy), and measures blood pressure, blood flow, oxygen levels, and is used to collect biopsies and blood samples.
Angioplasty - A tiny balloon on the end of a catheter is inflated to push plaque against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow. A laser can also be used to break up the plaque.
Stent placement - A stent, which is a small mesh tube, is placed in an artery to hold it open and improve blood flow.
Ablation - A catheter fitted with a tiny electrode eliminates abnormal heart cells that cause arrhythmias.
Coronary atherectomy - A catheter fitted with a tiny rotating shaver removes hardened plaque to open a blocked artery.
When open-heart surgery offers the best treatment solution, our board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons perform advanced procedures such as coronary artery bypass surgery, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), congenital heart disease repair and valve repair and replacement.
Interventional Cath Labs
Sebastian River Medical Center's heart care team have access to two catheterization labs to diagnose and treat cardiac patients right here in our community, instead of transferring them to other hospitals.
The most accurate and comprehensive cardiac diagnostic tool is cardiac catheterization. It involves the insertion and passage of catheters into the arteries and veins to obtain X-ray pictures of the coronary arteries and heart chambers and to measure heart pressure. Cardiac catheterization diagnoses such problems as coronary artery disease, weak heart muscles and heart valve disorders, however, it’s not just diagnostic, it is also therapeutic. If a blockage is found, it can be treated by opening the artery immediately.
Heart Center of the Treasure Coast
Located at 330 17th Street, The Heart Center of the Treasure Coast offers cardiac services for our Vero Beach patients right in the community. The center is a department of Sebastian River Medical Center, is staffed with all hospital associates, and follows all hospital protocols. This facility allows for the performance of implantation of pacemakers, implantation of defibrillators, left and right heart catheterization, transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), and cardioversion.
For more information on the Heart Center of the Treasure Coast, please call (772) 562-6161.