The Cardiovascular Intervention Center is a core element of the Smidt Heart Institute, performing more than 8,000 procedures a year. The department serves the populations of neonates to and including geriatrics.
The Cardiovascular Intervention Center is located on the sixth floor of the Professional Tower. In this seven-laboratory facility, a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures is performed for coronary artery disease, heart muscle function and heart valve dysfunction.
Many procedures done in the Cardiovascular Intervention Center involve heart catheterization, a process by which tubes (catheters) are threaded through an artery and vein to the heart where various procedures can be done. These include:
- Angioplasty and stenting of arteries
- Heart muscle biopsy
- Coronary atherectomy
- Septal ablation
- Electrophysiology studies
- Temporary and permanent pacemaker implantation
- Insertion of implantable defibrillators
- Radiofrequency ablation for cardiac arrhythmias
The Electrophysiology Laboratory is part of the Cardiovascular intervention Center. In these laboratories, a wide range of invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for regular heartbeat is performed. These procedures include electrophysiology studies, arrhythmia mapping, radiofrequency ablation, implantable cardioverter defibrillator and pacemaker implantation.
The doctors, nurses and technicians who work in the Cardiovascular Intervention Center are experts in the use of the state of the art technology and diagnostic and therapeutic procedure as well as having experience in identifying and treating emergency cardiac conditions.