Heart Catheterization and Interventional Treatment
Heart catheterization is a low-risk, 30 to 60-minute procedure used to diagnose or treat cardiovascular disease performed regularly at Porter Adventist Hospital's Heart and Vascular Institute in Denver, Colorado.
During cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube known as a catheter is inserted in an artery leading to the heart. Guided by live x-rays, the catheter is guided through blood vessels until it reaches the heart, where Porter's heart and cardiovascular physicians are then able to carry out a variety of diagnostic tests or administer heart treatment such as a coronary angioplasty.
Heart catheterization is typically quick, done while a patient is awake, and has a speedy recovery time.
Some of the cardiovascular and heart conditions that heart catheterization can identify and potentially treat are:
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Valve Problems
Coronary Artery Treatment
The heart catheterization and interventional lab performs lifesaving procedures designed to open clogged arteries. Through minimally invasive intervention, our team can correct coronary artery blockages with balloon angioplasty and coronary artery stenting, including:
- Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
- Coronary Artery Stenting
- Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)