Specialized Treatments/Procedures

External Counterpulsation For patients with persistent anginal symptoms—who have exhausted the standard treatments for revascularization and remain severely restricted—Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) may stimulate the openings or formation of collaterals (small branches of blood vessels) to create a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries. Injections There are several medications available that are effective and […]...

External Counterpulsation

For patients with persistent anginal symptoms—who have exhausted the standard treatments for revascularization and remain severely restricted—Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) may stimulate the openings or formation of collaterals (small branches of blood vessels) to create a natural bypass around narrowed or blocked arteries.

Injections

There are several medications available that are effective and safe in treating chronic heart failure. At the Cigarroa Heart & Vascular Institute, after properly diagnosing your condition, we will recommend the most appropriate and effective treatment plan to keep symptoms under control, possibly for many years.

Cardiac and Peripheral Interventional Procedures (Performed at Other Sites)

Interventions for Coronary Artery Disease (?)

Cardioversion

A medical procedure that restores a normal heart rhythm in people with certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). It is usually done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. It’s also possible to do cardioversion with medications.

Diagnostic Heart Catherization

A procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. During cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube is inserted in an artery or vein in your groin, neck or arm and threaded through your blood vessels to your heart. Using this catheter, doctors can then do diagnostic tests as part of a cardiac catheterization.

Coronary Angiography

Coronary angiography is a procedure that uses contrast dye, usually containing iodine, and x ray pictures to detect blockages in the coronary arteries that are caused by plaque buildup.

Coronary Angioplasty

Coronary angioplasty is a procedure in which a balloon is used to open a blockage in a coronary artery narrowed by atherosclerosis. This procedure improves blood flow to the heart. Atherosclerosis is a condition in which a material called plaque builds up on the inner walls of the arteries.

Placement of Intracoronary Stent

A catheter-based procedure in which a small, expandable wire mesh tube is inserted into a diseased artery, providing support to hold the artery open.

Insertion of Pacemaker Device

Having a pacemaker implanted is a relatively straightforward process. It’s usually carried out under local anaesthetic, which means you’ll be awake during the procedure. The generator is usually placed under the skin near the collarbone on the left side of the chest, and most people go home within 24 hours.

Insertion of Leadless Pacemaker Device

A leadless pacemaker is a small self-contained device that is inserted in the right ventricle of the heart. It does not require connecting leads (wires) or a generator, or a creation of a surgical pocket on the chest. The procedure uses a catheter to place the device and typically, the procedure takes less time than a traditional pacemaker implant.

Insertion of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) Device

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small electronic device (a bit larger in size than a regular pacemaker) that is connected to the heart. It is used to continuously monitor and help regulate potentially fast and life-threatening electrical problems with the heart.