If you have heart trouble, many treatments may help restore your heart’s function and ease your symptoms. Cardiologists use a wide range of cardiovascular treatments, from minimally invasive procedures to open heart surgery, to diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions.
The renowned cardiologists at Dignity Health provide complete cardiovascular treatments in Arizona. We are a nationally recognized leader in cardiovascular care, with two first-class facilities in the Arizona area: St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment today.
Why Doctors Perform Cardiovascular Treatments
Cardiologists recommend cardiovascular treatments to correct a range of different heart diseases, reduce symptoms, and improve quality of life.
Common cardiovascular treatments include the following:
- 3D mapping tracks the electrical activity of your heart muscle to help pinpoint the source of a heart arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat).
- Ablation, or cardiac ablation, selectively destroys cells in your heart causing an arrhythmia. Cryoablation uses extremely cold liquid.
- Angioplasty can increase blood flow to your heart by inflating a tiny balloon inside blocked coronary arteries.
- Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to look inside the arteries of your heart. If an artery is blocked, doctors can perform angioplasty or place a stent to keep the artery open.
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery replaces a blocked area of a coronary artery using part of a healthy artery from your leg or arm.
- Endovascular stent, or heart stent, is a small tube placed inside a blocked coronary artery to hold it open and increase blood flow to your heart tissue.
- Heart transplant replaces a diseased heart with a donor organ.
- â—�Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a mechanical pump that helps a weakened heart work better.
- Open heart surgery is any cardiovascular surgery, such as CABG, that requires accessing the heart through the chest by making an incision in the breastbone (sternum).
- Pacemaker is a medical device implanted in your chest that helps your heart maintain a normal rhythm.
- Thrombolysis uses “clot-busting” medications.
What to Expect From Cardiovascular Treatments & Procedures
At Dignity Health, our cardiologists work within a team of specialists, nurses, technicians, therapists, and dietitians to provide complete, whole-person care.
Most cardiovascular procedures are performed in a hospital or surgical center. You may receive either light sedation or general anesthesia. In general, be prepared to stay overnight after a heart procedure. Major surgery requires a stay of several days in a special cardiac intensive care unit.
It’s important to discuss the risks and benefits of any cardiac procedure with your doctor.
Recovery After Cardiovascular Treatments & Procedures
Minimally invasive cardiovascular treatments require less recovery time than major procedures, such as open heart surgery. You will receive specific instructions and guidelines regarding your recovery from your doctor.
Cardiovascular treatments can be life-saving procedures. You may feel more energetic than you have for a long time because your heart is functioning better.
Dignity Health provides leading-edge cardiovascular treatments and procedures in Arizona.