Medical Cardiology

Medical Cardiologists diagnose heart conditions as well as prescribe medications according to your individualized treatment plan. Heart medicines that you may be prescribed include:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs)
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Aspirin and other antiplatelet agents
  • Beta-blockers
  • Blood-thinners
  • Calcium-channel blockers
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Clot-dissolving agents
  • Diuretics
  • Holter monitoring
  • Hydralazine
  • Nitrate medications
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Pain-relief medications

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Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists can intervene quickly when you are having an acute heart condition that comes on suddenly, and with new minimally-invasive techniques can treat chronic heart and valve conditions to improve heart function for patients who thought they had run out of options. Procedures performed by interventional cardiologists include:

  • Angioplasty
  • Cardiac stent
  • Chronic Total Occlusion Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (CTO PCI)
  • Percutaneous repair of septal defects
  • Revascularization by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Percutaneous left ventricular assist device
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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Cardiologists who specialize in abnormal heart rhythms (electrophysiologists) use diagnostic tests to identify the cause of the irregularity. They use procedures such as:

  • Cardioversion
  • Cryoablation
  • Radiofrequency ablation

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Cardiac Surgery

Our cardiac surgeons are prepared to perform coronary bypass surgery, heart valve replacement and the repair of certain congenital defects present in adults. Procedures we perform include:

  • Aortic stent grafting
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair
  • Heart valve replacement surgery
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placement
  • Mitral valve replacement
  • Off-pump CAB
  • PFO/ASD Closure
  • Surgical left ventricular assist device

Coronary artery bypass grafting performed off-pump versus on a heart and lung bypass machine offers another option for coronary bypass surgery. Some national studies show off-pump coronary bypass, or OPCAB, procedures have fewer renal, pulmonary, stroke and bleeding complications than those using a heart and lung bypass machine. Using a heart and lung bypass machine during a coronary artery bypass requires the heart to stop beating, intentionally causing cardiac arrest. During OPCAB, the heart is strategically stabilized to perform the bypass graft while it is still beating. Literally, OPCAB is beating-heart surgery. While not for everyone, the off-pump option may be a worthwhile consideration.

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