This procedure restores blood flow through arteries that are narrowed or blocked by plaque, a condition called coronary artery disease.
In this procedure, the doctor threads a thin tube through a blood vessel to the artery. The doctor then inflates a small balloon at the end of the tube to push the plaque outwards, which widens the artery and helps restore blood flow. The procedure can improve chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart and minimize damage from a heart attack.
Angioplasty can be used to treat angina, coronary artery disease, or heart attacks.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Bradenton Cardiology Center is designed to meet the needs of patients with many types of heart disease. Each member of the team is a highly trained professional dedicated to providing you with quality care after your hospitalization.
The program helps heart patients recover after a heart attack, bypass surgery, or other heart problems. Our caring and skilled staff will assist you so that you can safely resume your usual activities. They will talk with you and answer any questions that you may have regarding coronary artery disease or the rehabilitation program.
Cardiac rehabilitation can be used to treat angina, bypass surgery, coronary artery disease, and heart attacks.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is used to help improve the heart’s rhythm and the symptoms associated with an irregular heartbeat. CRT is often used in patients with heart failure. In this procedure, a small pacemaker is implanted below the collarbone that can detect heart rate irregularities and emit tiny pulses of electricity to correct them.
CRT can be used to treat arrhythmia and heart failure.
Catheter ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat atrial fibrillation, a type of irregular heartbeat in which the heart’s upper chambers quiver. During an ablation, the cardiologist destroys small areas in the heart that are producing abnormal electrical impulses.
In this procedure, several catheters are placed into a blood vessel in your arm, groin or neck and guided to the heart. A machine then sends energy to your heart through the catheters to destroy the necessary areas.
Catheter ablation can be used to treat arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.
Both the MitraClip from Abbott Vascular and the PASCAL Precision System from Edwards Life Sciences are devices used to treat at least moderately severe mitral regurgitation for those patients who cannot have traditional mitral valve repair. The mitral valve separates the left atrium and left ventricle. When it does not close properly, the backward flow of blood and pressure increases on the left side of your heart can cause heart failure.
Both devices are inserted through a catheter in the femoral vein and guided into the heart to repair the mitral valve.
The MitraClip and PASCAL devices are used to treat mitral regurgitation and reduce symptoms of heart failure if mitral regurgitation is involved. They may reduce heart failure admissions when paired with guideline driven medical therapy.
Pacemaker and Implantable Defibrillators
Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are used in patients with arrhythmia. These small, battery-powered devices are implanted in the chest or abdomen.
A pacemaker helps control abnormal heart rhythms. It uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. An ICD monitors heart rhythms. If it senses dangerous rhythms, it delivers a shock called defibrillation. This can help control life-threatening arrhythmias. Most new ICDs can also act as a pacemaker.
ICDs can be used to treat arrhythmia and cardiomyopathy.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Bradenton Cardiology Center offers the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to patients with severe aortic stenosis.
The TAVR procedure is an alternative to traditional open-heart surgery that may improve the quality of life for those with severe aortic stenosis. During the procedure, a new valve made from biological pericardial tissue is placed inside the diseased valve, similar to how a stent is placed inside an artery. The TAVR procedure doesn’t require open-heart surgery or removing the old valve. The procedure is performed while the heart is beating. There is no need for a heart-lung machine.
During the procedure, a catheter is advanced into the pumping chamber of the heart through an artery usually in the leg. For patients with significant arterial disease, alternative access sites are discussed with a designated heart team for the safest procedure.
TAVR is approved for low-surgical-risk patients who have severe aortic stenosis of a native valve or a malfunctioning prior placed biological surgical valve to avoid re-operation. TAVR is indicated for severe aortic stenosis.
Valvuloplasty is a procedure that is used to widen a heart valve that has narrowed due to aortic valve stenosis. Aortic valve stenosis can be caused by a congenital heart defect or it can develop during aging. In this procedure a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery and threaded into the heart. The doctor then inflates a balloon at the end of the catheter to open the valve.
Valvuloplasty can be used to treat heart valve disease (aortic stenosis).
Watchman™ LAAC Implant
The Watchman™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant provides an alternative for patients with atrial fibrillation who take warfarin on a long-term basis to help prevent blood clots and possible stroke. The implant acts as a safety net by closing off the left atrial appendage (LAA) and catching harmful blood clots before they enter the bloodstream.
The LAAC device is inserted through a catheter in the femoral vein in the groin and guided into the patient’s heart, where it can filter potential blood clots and prevent possible stroke.
The LAAC device can be used to treat arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation.