This is a procedure to insert an artificial pacemaker. A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device. It helps maintain a normal heartbeat by sending electrical impulses to the heart. More InformationView Video
A coronary angioplasty is a procedure done to open an artery in the heart that has been narrowed. This allows better blood flow through the artery and to heart muscle. It is often done with a balloon passed through a special catheter (tube). More InformationView Video
In coronary stenting a mesh, metal tube is placed in an artery in the heart. The tube is called a stent. It helps keep the artery open. It is placed after an artery has been cleared of a blockage (angioplasty).
There are 2 types of stents. One type of stent is called a drug-eluting stent. It is coated with a medication that is slowly released. The medicine helps decrease the rate of reblockage in the artery. The other type of stent is called a bare metal stent. It does not contain any medication. Your doctor will discuss which stent option is best for you. More InformationView Video
These procedures are done to help clear and open arteries that have narrowed. A catheter is inserted into the artery in your groin (or less likely your arm). The catheter, which has a tiny balloon at the tip, is guided into the affected artery using x-ray pictures, displayed on a television monitor that the doctor views. Once in the artery, the balloon is quickly inflated and deflated to stretch open the narrowed portion of blood vessel and restore the passage of blood. Then the balloon and catheter are removed. Under most circumstances, the doctor will place a mesh "inner tube” or stent in the artery to keep it open. More Information
Mechanical Thrombectomy is a catheterization procedure used
"Thrombus" is a blood clot; "lysis" means to break apart. Mechanical
Thrombectomy is used to break up a blood clot that is causing
partial or full obstruction of blood flow in an artery.
Mechanical Thrombectomy is often used before angioplasty with
or without stent placement, to remove dangerous blood clots. The
angioplasty procedure is thus, much safer and more effective
once the clot has been removed.
Mechanical Thrombectomy involves a tiny catheter that is inserted
into an artery in the groin (the femoral artery). The catheter
is positioned in the peripheral artery containing the blood clot.
Once properly positioned, a pump is activated, delivering a saline
solution under high pressure through the pump jets into the artery,
and directly at the blood clot. These saline jets create a powerful
vacuum within the artery, breaking up the clot. The clot
pieces are then removed through the catheter and into a collection
bag. Once the catheter is removed from the femoral artery, pressure
is applied to stop bleeding, and the patient must rest flat for
During this procedure, a miniature ultrasound
wand is attached to the top of a coronary catheter. The
ultrasound catheter is then inserted into an artery in your
groin area and moved up to the heart. This gives the cardiologist
a detailed look at your coronary arteries from the inside-out.
IVUS is often utilized during angiography. Angiography
gives a general look at the coronary arteries, but can’t
show the walls of the arteries.
IVUS images highlight the artery walls and can
illustrate if there are coronary abnormalities, such as cholesterol
and fat deposits (plaques).