Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of heart diseases. The main advantages of using interventional cardiology are the avoidance of scars, pain and the long post-operative recovery.
Two catheterization labs are located on the fifth floor of the Mercy Heart Center. By incorporating state-of-the-art digital imaging technology, the labs offer Mercy's interventional cardiologists the clearest possible view of the cardiovascular system. The catheterization lab capabilities allow cardiologists to perform a wide range of invasive procedures that include:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Coronary brachytherapy
- Abdominal aortic stenting
- Peripheral vascular interventions
Mercy's Interventional cardiology program includes a team of dedicated interventional cardiologists, specially trained nurses, and technicians providing award-winning cardiac care. HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent health care ratings company, has listed Mercy Medical Center as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Overall Cardiac Services. HealthGrades has also ranked Mercy Medical Center in the top 10% in the nation for overall cardiac services, cardiology services, and coronary interventional procedures. They give Mercy five stars, their highest ranking, for treatment of heart attack and for treatment of heart failure.
A new digital storage and review system is used to archive interventional images from the catherization labs and ultrasound images from the Heart Center's non-invasive diagnostic area. This system allows cardiologists and surgeons to quickly and easily review and transfer images. Because it is accessible via the Internet, the digital storage system also makes it possible to rapidly get second opinions and to view images in surgery suites or anywhere within the hospital.
For more information on cardiac interventional procedures, click here to visit the American Heart Association website.