Heart Treatment Options
Surgical and non-surgical treatment options
Heart experts at Banner Heart Hospital specialize in an array of surgical and non-invasive treatments for heart disease.
For each method there are several different approaches. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what specific treatments you need.
A catheterization procedure is a minimally-invasive way to treat some forms of heart disease. Doctors do not surgically open the patient’s chest. They enter the heart through arteries in the legs or arms. Then they use special tools to inject dye, clear blocked arteries or insert a stent (small stainless-steel tube) when needed. Banner Heart Hospital offers many catheterization procedures. The following are frequently performed at this hospital.
- Angioplasty (balloon pump)
- Atherectomy (rotational)
- ICD/Pacemaker Implantation
- Peripheral Vascular Intervention
- Stent Implantation
Surgical procedures require the patient to stay in the hospital for a few days. A surgeon opens the patient’s chest to repair damage to the heart tissue, valves, arteries or vessels. Sometimes the patient’s heart is temporarily stopped from beating on its own. In that case a mechanical pump or heart-lung machine keeps the heart functioning while the doctor performs surgery. Surgery can also utilize special robotic technology, where surgeons can work on the heart without having to open the chest.
The medical staff at Banner Heart Hospital offers several cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgeries. The following are frequently performed at this hospital.
- Abdominal Aortic Repairs
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
- Mitral and Aortic Valve Replacements or Repairs
- Peripheral Vascular Procedures
- Transthoracic Procedures
Cardiovascular Outpatient Services (CVOPs)
Cardiovascular Outpatient Services (CVOPs) is the pre-catheterization and cardiac procedural area. Patients are prepped for cardiac catheterizations, transesophageal echocardiograms, cardioversions, tilt table, and stress tests. The highly skilled and knowledgeable staff prepares each patient for their procedure and provides the education they need to fully understand the procedure.
Interventional Unit (IU)
Interventional Unit (IU) is the post cardiac catheterization and vascular procedural area. This area is routinely used for post interventions and is considered a short stay unit. Patients are cared for post procedure by this highly skilled unit. Patients typically stay four to six hours post procedure and are instructed how to properly care for themselves at home.