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Many heart treatments today may be performed through cardiac catheterization. This minimally invasive procedure involves inserting a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a large vein or artery in your arm or leg. Your doctor advances the catheter to the treatment site (commonly the coronary arteries, carotid arteries, or the heart itself) and uses small instruments to treat the problem. These procedures are performed by specially trained doctors called interventional cardiologists.
If you are in need of a cardiac procedure, it's important that you understand your specific procedure and what your recovery may look like. Learn more about the services and doctors provided by the cardiac specialists at St. Rose Dominican's San Martin or Siena Campuses, or find a cardiologist at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican for interventional procedures in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
If you have a heart condition that requires surgical treatment, you may be a candidate for an interventional procedure instead of open heart surgery. The most common interventional cardiovascular procedures include:
Instead of general anesthesia, most interventional procedures only require a sedative to keep you comfortable. Local anesthetic numbs the catheter insertion site.
It is normal to feel slight stinging or burning in your chest during certain treatments. After the procedure, you will need to remain in a recovery area for a few hours before someone drives you home. You may need to stay overnight in the hospital.
The main benefit of interventional procedures involving the heart is that they are minimally invasive. This means you will recover more quickly and with less pain than more invasive procedures.
You’ll need to take it easy for a few days after the procedure. Your care team will give you specific instructions on activity restrictions, incision care, and follow-up appointments. Your doctor may recommend cardiac rehabilitation to help you recover fully.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican's San Martin and Siena Campuses provide quality interventional procedures in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV as a part of our cardiac services.