St. Catherine Hospital

Interventional Cardiology

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).