• Procedures

  • You’re in good hands. Our skilled and compassionate team helps diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of heart diseases. Common procedures include: 

    Cardiac catheterization 

    Your doctor may order a cardiac catheterization if you’re dealing with a cardiac condition or symptoms of heart disease. This procedure can accomplish four important tasks, including: 

    • Identifying how well your heart works. 
    • Determining any coronary artery blockages. 
    • Evaluating the function of your heart valves. 
    • Diagnosing specific problems with your heart to figure out the best way to correct them. 

    How the procedure works:

    Cardiac catheterizations require some preparation. You should restrict eating and drinking, as well as limiting some medications. Your doctor gives you clear instructions before your procedure. 

    We perform 90 percent of cardiac catheterization procedures by inserting a small tube through the radial artery in your arm. This is known as the transradial approach. This approach significantly reduces your recovery time and risk of bleeding complications. 

    Sometimes the radial approach is not an option. In this case you may also have a thin tube inserted into your leg through the femoral artery. The recovery time for this approach is a little longer because you lay flat for 2-4 hours after the procedure. 

    We perform cardiac catheterizations in a procedure room with special X-ray and imaging machines. You’re usually awake, but sedated, while this happens. 

    Immediately after your procedure, we’ll frequently monitor your puncture site and vital signs. We’ll do our best to help you go home the same day. Checking for arterial blockages, for instance, takes only minutes and you’ll likely be able to return home the same day. 

    If we discover that you need cardiac angioplasty or a stent to treat blockages during your procedure, you may need to stay longer. If you do, we’ll consult the cardiology or cardiac surgery team to further evaluate you. You’ll remain safely in our care as long as needed. 

    Coronary artery bypass surgery 

    Coronary artery bypass surgery is also known as bypass surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG or “cabbage”) or heart bypass surgery. It’s one method used to restore normal blood flow to an obstructed coronary artery. 

    Arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis or both cause obstructions. Arteriosclerosis develops when your arterial wall becomes thickened, loses its elasticity or becomes hardened with calcium deposits. Atherosclerosis develops when your artery is obstructed by yellowish plaques of cholesterol, lipids or cellular debris deposits. 

    How the procedure works: 

    We don’t remove blockages during bypass surgery. Instead, we create a new pathway around the blocked coronary artery. 

    If you need a bypass, your care team removes a healthy vein or artery from another part of your body to use in the surgery. The healthy vessel may be a(n): 

    • Internal thoracic (mammary) artery, from your chest. 
    • Radial artery, from your arm. 
    • Saphenous vein, from your leg. 

    We attach the healthy vessel to the coronary artery beyond the blockage. This allows the blood to flow through the healthy vessel, bypassing the blocked part of the artery entirely. 

    In most cases, a heart-lung machine does the work for your heart during surgery. Blood is circulated through the machine to supply the blood with oxygen and pumps it throughout your body so the surgeon can repair your heart. 

    Heart valve surgery 

    Your heart’s job is to pump blood throughout your body. And that starts with the heart pumping blood through the heart itself. Blood that flows between the different chambers of your heart must flow through heart valves. So must blood that flows out of your heart into your large arteries and on to other parts of your body. Your heart valves open up enough so that blood can flow through, then close to keep the blood from flowing backward. 

    There are four valves in your heart: 

    • Aortic valve 
    • Mitral valve 
    • Pulmonic valve 
    • Tricuspid valve 

    If you have a heart valve disorder, one of your heart valves isn’t able to do its job properly. This may mean your valve has a leakage of blood, called regurgitation. Or, it means you have a narrowing of the valve opening, called stenosis. Or, you may have a combination of the two. 

    Heart valve surgery is used to repair or replace diseased heart valves.