Flowers Hospital is the area’s first hospital to be accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The Heart and Vascular Institute at Flowers Hospital has four modern cardiovascular labs, including the area’s first hybrid endovascular suite. In the Heart and Vascular Institute, specially trained nurses and technologists work under the direction of board certified cardiologists to perform diagnostic and interventional procedures. In addition, board certified cardiovascular surgeons work with a dedicated open heart surgical team and specially trained nurses and technologists in two Cardiac Intensive Care Units, all designed to improve and maintain your heart health.
The Cath Labs are equipped to diagnose problems and anomalies of the heart. This highly specialized area, under the direction of a cardiologist, provides such testing procedures as cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, interventional cardiologyand electrophysiological testing.
Radionuclide imaging of the heart, one of the many diagnostic tests available at Flowers Hospital, is a procedure which allows for safe noninvasive visualization of the heart muscle, heart chambers and pumping action of the heart.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as coronary angioplasty is a therapeutic procedure to treat the stenotic (narrowed) coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease. These stenotic segments are due to the buildup of cholesterol-laden plaques that forms along the sides of the vessels.
When other medical management techniques yield little hope for improved cardiac performance or potential for improved lifestyle, open heart surgery provides new hope. Open heart surgery has provided astounding results for many patients by improving their endurance and quality of life.
Atherectomy is a procedure that uses a rotating shaver or other device placed on the end of a catheter to slice away or destroy plaque. It can be considered “rotor-rooter” for your coronary arteries. The catheter is inserted into an artery in the groin, leg, or arm, and threaded through the blood vessels into the blocked coronary artery. The cutting head is positioned against the plaque and activated, and the plaque is ground up or suctioned out. Atherectomy can be used alone or with PTCA.
Intracoronary stents are expandable tubular devices, made from metal, which can be inserted using a catheter and left within a coronary artery lumen to keep it open and maintain patency. These are referred to as bare-metal stents (BMS). A drug-eluting stent (DES) is a peripheral or coronary stent placed into narrowed coronary arteries that slowly releases a drug to block cell proliferation. This means that there will be less clot and cell formation that could block the artery.
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