Heart Catheterization & Interventional Cardiology

Sentara Cardiology Specialists use a thin tube called a catheter through a small incision in the thigh or wrist and threaded into the heart or peripheral arteries to the affected site. This procedure is critical in emergency heart care to detect blockages in blood vessels in the heart or throughout the body to clear blockages using angioplasty and stents to restore critical blood flow. Specially trained cardiologists use more complex techniques and even smaller devices to perform cardiac catheterizations with radial access— resulting in less bleeding and reduced patient recovery time.
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