Invasive Cardiology

A key function of the heart is pumping blood through your body.  When blood flow to the heart becomes obstructed by hardened or clogged arteries your heart has to work harder to get the oxygen it needs to work properly.  This can cause a heart attack or heart failure.  VCS invasive cardiologist use advanced test and treatments to reduce the risk of heart attacked due to a blockage caused by hardened arteries.

VCS physicians use minimally invasive techniques often involving catheters, which are small, flexible tubes inserted into the body. The catheter is carefully threaded into the heart using an x-ray machine that produces real-time images. Once the catheter is in place, contrast material is injected and images of your heart are taken.  These pictures determine if blockages are present.  If further intervention is needed the patient will be referred to an interventional cardiologist who will utilize techniques such as balloon angioplasty and stents to restore adequate blood flow to the heart. 

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