Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiologists

When you need interventional cardiac care, you deserve the best possible treatments available. Interventional cardiologists focus on treating damaged vessels, weakened heart valves and narrowed arteries, which can be caused by various types of heart disease. At the Heart Hospital of New Mexico, our surgeons choose minimally invasive cardiology procedures whenever possible to treat conditions like heart valve disease and coronary artery disease.

Our clinic offers advanced procedures like cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty to help your heart heal. Your heart health is always our priority, and we work around the clock to bring you high quality cardiovascular care. Our team is ready to speak with you about your heart's health, and help you make a plan for your long term wellness.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Interventional cardiologists specialize in a procedure known as cardiac catheterization. In this procedure, a very thin, flexible tube (catheter) is delicately threaded into and through an artery to find and address cardiovascular conditions. Cardiac catheterization is also used to perform diagnostic testing to evaluate arteries and heart valve function.

The procedure is minimally invasive, and rarely requires anything more than mild sedation to help you feel more relaxed during the operation itself. Recovery is quick with only very minor discomfort, and provides you with high quality results without the stress and strain of more invasive procedures.

Our catheterization labs are equipped with:

  • Roto-blade procedure technology
  • Superior digital imaging capabilities
  • Upgraded hemodynamic monitoring systems
  • Various drug-eluting stents

Cardiac catheters can be inserted through the femoral artery in the groin or through the radial artery in the wrist. There are pros and cons to each method, but the radial procedure greatly reduces the risk of bleeding and offers a quicker recovery time for patients.

Our interventional cardiologists are highly skilled in performing cardiac catheterizations. Talk to your doctor about whether this procedure is right for you.

Cardiovascular conditions we treat

The heart is a complex organ, and can be affected by a number of different conditions that prevent it from working properly. Some of the most common conditions treated by our hospital include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiac ischemia
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congenital heart defects and disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Microvascular heart disease

No matter your condition, our cardiologists are committed to ensuring you deserve the best treatment possible so you can live a long and healthy life.

Our interventional cardiology services

Cardiac catheterization allows our specialists to perform a wide range of minimally invasive treatments that are designed with precision in mind. Some of the procedures our interventional cardiologists regularly perform include:

  • Arterial stenting
  • Atrial septal defect repair
  • Balloon angioplasty
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Coronary and left ventricular digital angiography
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Coronary atherectomy
  • Coronary intravascular ultrasound
  • Implantation of cardiac devices (Pacemaker, CardioMEMs)
  • Peripheral angioplasty
  • Right and left heart catheterization
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Thrombectomy
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Valvuloplasty

Please call us to learn more about our interventional cardiovascular procedures.