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A variety of heart conditions can now be treated without surgery. St. Catherine Hospital is on the leading edge of these special techniques, which include:
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PCTA) - This technique widens a narrowing in the coronary artery using balloons inserted with a catheter.
- Peripheral angioplasty - Performed in the arteries of the lower or upper extremities.
- Coronary and peripheral stents - Using a balloon catheter, tiny wire mesh tubes are inserted into blockages , allowing blood to flow freely.
- Electrophysiology/Ablation - Used to treat arrhythmia with radio waves sent through a catheter to destroy abnormal pathways or cells.
- Coronary and peripheral atherectomy - The removal of plaque within a narrowed artery using a special catheter device called a Rotoblator.
- Thrombolytic therapy - Uses medication to dissolve blood clots in the heart, legs or other major blood vessels.
- Electroneurodiagnostics - Includes Electroencephalogram (EEG), Evoked Potential (EP), 24-hour Ambulatory (EEG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS).