Comprehensive Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Procedures
From irregular and rapid heartbeats to chest pain and heart attack, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis provides comprehensive heart care. We are an accredited Chest Pain Center, with a door-to-balloon time for heart attack treatment that is less than the recommended times specified by the American College of Cardiology.
This means that from the time you walk into our Emergency Department to the time you are treated, you will receive fast, comprehensive, high tech care.
St. Francis has three cardiac cath labs that offer a complete range of diagnostic and interventional services to treat heart and vascular disease and heart rhythm issues.
Cardiac Catheterization diagnostic Services
Interventional Treatment Services
- Coronary – identifies any blockages in arteries and veins of the heart.
- Peripheral Vascular studies - performed to identify any blockages in arteries and veins in the legs.
- Electrophysiology studies are minimally invasive procedures that assess the electrical activity of the heart to determine treatment for various abnormal heart rhythms.
- Right and left heart studies (COPD) – Cardiac evaluations of pressure and angiograms of the heart.
Interventional Electrophysiology treatments
- Angioplasty - also known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is a procedure in which a narrowed section of the coronary artery is widened through the use of a balloon. Angioplasty is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than bypass surgery
- Atherectomy - procedure to remove calcified plaque from the arteries
- Thrombectomy - procedure to remove clots from the arteries
- Stenting – a tiny mesh tube that is placed in the artery during angioplasty to keep the blocked or narrowed artery open
- ICD / biventricular ICD implantation implantable cardioverter defibrillator to treat Arrhythmia. Monitors heart rhythms and sends electrical signals to correct abnormal rhythms.
- Pacemaker / biventricular Pacemaker insertion– small, battery-operated device that senses when your heart is beating irregularly or too slowly. It sends a signal to your heart that makes your heart beat at the correct pace.
- Radio frequency ablation – Heart arrhythmia is ablated using radio frequency, current to burn the tissue.
- CryoAblation – Heart arrhythmia is ablated using freezing treatment.
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