ANGIOPLASTY is a non-surgical procedure which requires a short hospital stay, designed
to widen narrowed coronary arteries. The widening is done by a balloon
catheter inflated in the coronary artery, allowing the blood to flow more easily.
ROTATIONAL ATHERECTOMY , an alternative to open-heart surgery and angioplasty, takes place in
a cardiac catherization lab, where a cardiologist monitors progress of
the procedure. Unlike angioplasty, where the plaque clogging the artery
wall is pushed aside, a special device cuts and removes lesions (plaque)
to reopen a channel for blood flow. OPEN HEART SURGERY is recommended
for patients with blockage of the coronary arteries that cannot be treated
medically or with angioplasty or rotational atherectomy.
Cardiac: Cardiac Surgery services continue to remain on the leading edge. The foundation
of cardiac surgery is coronary artery bypass grafting with the use of
autologue artery and saphenous vein grafts, soon to offer two incisions
to harvest saphenous vein with use of endovascular harvest equipment.
All types of surgeries are offered, including valve replacement and valve
repair with excellent results. Ventricular aneurysm resection/repair and
electrophysiological surgery for treatment of atrial fibrillation are
performed, as well as, myotomy and myectomy for idiopathic hypertrophic
Thoracic: Also performed are all types of thoracic surgeries including lung cancer
and esophageal cancer resections with all types of thoracic work for both
malignant and benign lesions in the chest. New is a didactic session that
offers a multi-disciplinary approach for discussion of all types of thoracic
patients, which will provide the optimal care for the patient, both in
open and minimally invasive approaches taken for thoracic surgery.
Vascular: Surgical repair in the area includes carotid arterial surgery along with
all types of ascending and descending aneurismal work, including that
of the abdominal aorta. Open communication is of special importance here
at the Heart Center.
Referring Physicians: Prior to any consultation of the patient, physicians are welcome to call
if they have any questions in their regard that pertains to cardiac, thoracic
or vascular cases. This allows for optimal care to the patient at the
same time listening to the needs of both the referring physicians and