a heart attack provides patients the immediate intervention needed to
minimize damage to the heart. Angioplasty clears blockages in arteries
to restore blood flow to the heart. In many cases, coronary stents are
then inserted to support the structure of the blood vessel and keep it
open. Precise coordination between the St. Mary Emergency Department,
interventional cardiologists and cardiac cath lab staff results in
door-to-balloon-time angioplasties being performed much faster than the
-- Amplatzer Closure - Inserted through a catheter in a leg vein, the
amplatzer closer is threaded through the inferior vena cava to the
heart in order to close patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects.
Once the device is positioned, it is unsheathed, allowing it to deploy
across the defect and close the hole.
-- Carotid Artery Stenting - This minimally invasive treatment option is
an alternative to traditional surgery for blockages in the carotid
artery. With the patient under local, rather than general, anesthesia
physicians use a combination of balloon angioplasty and a stent implant
to re-open the carotid artery, a major supplier of blood to the brain.
-- Cryoplasty - Used to treat peripheral vascular disease, a specially
designed angioplasty balloon is filled with cold, liquid nitrous oxide
gas, and used to break down plaque and open blocked arteries in the
-- Rotational Atherectomy - Using a high-speed rotational burr, this
technique widens narrowed coronary arteries by removing
-- Drug-eluting Stent Implantation - During this procedure stents coated
with a special medication are permanently implanted to open an artery
and improve blood flow to the heart. The medication coating on the
|SOURCE St. Mary Medical Center|
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