Interventional Cardiology

Overview

Advanced Interventional Cardiology: Heart Care From the Inside Out

Interventional cardiology is a way of treating heart disease with cardiac catheterization. In cardiac catheterization, doctors use catheter (a fine tube) to view structures inside the body and make repairs, often without major surgery.

Aurora Health Care’s cardiac cath labs, equipped with the latest tools and technology, are located throughout eastern Wisconsin. We treat more people facing serious heart problems than anyone in the state. As a result, we have expertise in a wide range of conditions.

World-Class Care

Unmatched Expertise in Interventional Cardiology

Our doctors use the latest medical tools, including 3-D and 4-D imaging and intravascular ultrasound, which creates an image of the inside of blood vessels.

Hybrid catheterization labs, available at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, take these advances a step further. These cath lab/operating rooms combine the best of interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery in one procedure.

Patients and doctors also choose us because we offer:

  • Deep experience: At Aurora, we perform more than 3,200 coronary angioplasty procedures every year. Our doctors see more cases in a month than many hospitals see all year. Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay is a leading performer in radial artery heart catheterizations. Their radial access diagnostic cath with our without intervention rate is 74%. In comparison, the national average is 38%. Radial artery heart cath has been associated with less bleeding, fewer complications and lower costs. Learn more about cardiac catheterization.
  • Rapid treatment: We have one of only two U.S. cardiac cath labs that is staffed by doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a result, our percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to clear blocked blood vessels has one of the nation’s fastest average times to treatment. Our average door-to-balloon time is 49 minutes, compared to national goals of 90 minutes. Learn more about emergency heart care.
  • Commitment to your health: We are part of the American Heart Association Mission Lifeline Project, a program dedicated to the care of people who have heart attack or STEMI (ST-elevation myocardial infarction), a very serious form of heart attack. This means we’re committed to using and improving treatments that are proven to work.
  • Clinical research and innovation: We are leaders in clinical trials to study new techniques and catheter-based devices. Learn more about clinical trials and cardiovascular research.
  • Training program: We host the largest interventional cardiology fellowship program in the state of Wisconsin. That means that our doctors are ahead of the curve on best practices and new techniques – because they must be prepared to teach them to the next generation. As a result, you benefit from a combination of fresh knowledge and years of experience and skill. Meet our cardiovascular and thoracic team.

Our Services

Learn More About Interventional Cardiology Services

We’re available throughout eastern Wisconsin, equipped with the knowledge and tools to evaluate even the most complex heart conditions.

We offer:

Convenient Locations

Eight Aurora hospitals have cardiac catheterization labs (cath labs) that perform diagnostic testing. Most of them also offer non-surgical treatments for heart disease.

See our cardiac cath lab locations.

The Latest Medical Technology

You’ll find the latest technology like:

  • 4-D and 3-D echocardiography imaging (echo): We are one of the first health systems in the world – and the first in Wisconsin – to use 4-D ultrasound imaging systems (moving images added to 3-D technology). With this tool, we can clearly visualize your heart to diagnose and treat heart and vascular conditions.
  • Fractional flow reserve (FFR): This test gauges the pressure within a blood vessel on either side of a blockage.
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT): This tool takes high-resolution pictures of the insides of blood vessels. OCT helps doctors know exactly where to place a stent, a tiny cage that holds a blood vessel open.

Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis.

Comprehensive Treatments

Our interventional cardiology team is experienced at performing procedures including:

  • Alcohol septal ablation: We can improve symptoms for certain patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
  • Atrial septal defect closure: We offer minimally invasive closure of some holes in the heart, including patent foramen ovale closure.
  • Cardiac assist devices: Implantable devices can help your heart’s pumping action. These include pacemakers, defibrillators and intra-aortic balloon pumps. Learn more about cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
  • Angioplasty: Angioplasty unblocks or repairs a blood vessel. Methods include coronary angioplasty, peripheral angioplasty and coronary atherectomy.
  • Stenting: Stents are tubes inserted to hold arteries open. We use carotid stents, coronary stents and peripheral stents.
  • Endovascular grafting: We repair aneurysms using a technique called endovascular grafting, which uses a fabric tube inside the blood vessel to repair the rupture. We offer endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm graft and endovascular thoracic aortic aneurysm graft.
  • Cardiac catheterization (right and left heart): This procedure lets doctors know how well your heart is working.
  • Induced hypothermia: Therapeutic hypothermia sometimes is used to treat patients who have survived sudden cardiac arrest.
  • Myocardial biopsy: A myocardial biopsy provides valuable information about your health after heart transplant or with some types of cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart).
  • Transcatheter heart valve replacement and repair: We work with surgeons to provide advanced transcatheter aortic valve repair (TAVR) and other procedures. Learn more about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

See all of our cardiovascular and thoracic services and treatments.

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Learn More About Interventional Cardiology

To make an appointment or get more information, please call 888-649-6892.

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