Nonsurgical Cardiac Procedures
Nonsurgical cardiac procedures provide more treatment options for patients who are high risk for complications from open-heart surgery and/or general anesthesia. Nonsurgical procedures are also associated with less pain, quicker recovery, and better patient outcomes.
Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD), and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closures:
Septal defects are small holes in the heart, which did not close after birth. Treatment involves a catheter-based procedure with access through the groin to close the small hole in the heart.
Cardiac Catheterization and Stenting:
This catheter-based procedure is performed with access through the groin, wrist, or arm to detect coronary artery disease and evaluate structures of the heart. Narrowed and/or blocked coronary arteries can be opened using stents. This procedure may require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Electrophysiology (EP) Testing:
EP testing evaluates the heart’s electrical system for any damage or abnormality. It will indicate if a pacemaker, defibrillator, ablation, or surgery is necessary. This procedure may at require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Impella® (Left Ventricle Assist Device or LVAD):
This device is used to provide temporary support in patients with weakened heart muscle function. It allows the heart to rest and heal while the device circulates blood to the heart and the rest of the body.
Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device (WATCHMAN®):
LAAC devices are used for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are not candidates for long-term blood thinner use. The LAAC device involves a catheter-based procedure with access through the groin to close off left atrial appendage or areas of the heart where clots can form. This procedure requires an overnight stay in the hospital.
Performed as a nonsurgical procedure, the MitraClip® device is delivered through a catheter placed in the groin for patients with significant mitral valve disease. It is recommended for patients who may be at greater risk for traditional open-heart surgery.
This involves placing a pacemaker-like, battery-powered device under the skin in the upper chest area during a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. It is used to treat patients with central sleep apnea. The devices has two small leads (wires): one that senses breathing, and one that stimulates the respiratory muscles to work should irregular breathing be detected.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR):
This is a nonsurgical procedure to deliver an artificial valve through a catheter placed in the groin. It is used for patients with significant aortic valve disease who are too high-risk for traditional open-heart surgery.