Heart Center Procedures and Services

More than 300 open heart surgeries and 1,400 cardiac procedures are performed each year by our experienced team of cardiovascular specialists.  Select from the following list of procedures to find out more about what is involved and what you should expect.

Ablation
An Electro Physiological study will determine what type of rapid heart rhythm is causing your symptoms. For some types of rapid arrhythmias, your doctor may recommend a catheter ablation.

Angiogram (Cardiac Catheterization)
An angiogram is a test that shows your doctor blockages in your coronary arteries and lets him/her look for other signs of heart problems.

Angioplasty (PTCA)
With angioplasty a catheter that has a balloon on the tip is inserted through your groin artery and up to the blockage. This balloon is inflated and deflated in the narrowed part of your artery to compress the plaque against the artery wall.

Cardiopulmonary Rehab
Proper rehabilitation after a cardiovascular event is important for a full recovery. At the Providence Heart & Vascular Center, we provide key cardiopulmonary rehab services to make sure every one of our patients returns to a productive life.

Cardioversion
Elective cardioversion is performed for certain types of irregular or rapid heart rhythms.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) creates a new pathway around the blocked part of your coronary artery, allowing blood to reach that area of your heart muscle again. This pathway is made with veins taken from your legs or with a mammary artery from inside your chest.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)
An ECG shows us the heart's electrical activity and can show areas of possible damage to the heart.

Echocardiogram (ECHO)
This is a painless test that uses sound waves to show images of the heart muscle contracting and relaxing as well as the opening and closing of the heart valves.

Implantable Cardio Defibrillator
If your rhythm problem is a fast or irregular heartbeat in which not enough or no blood is pumped to your body (ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation), you may need an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).

Nuclear Scans
With these scans, a small amount of radioactive chemical is injected into your vein. These chemicals highlight the heart muscle and chambers in pictures taken with a special camera.

Pacemakers
If your heart rhythm is too slow, giving you symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, fainting, or shortness of breath, your physician may recommend placing a pacemaker to increase or control your heart rate.

Stents
Coronary stents are used at the end of an interventional procedure to help keep the artery open.  Stents are short stainless steel wire mesh tubes that are inserted on the end of a balloon catheter.

TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement)
This procedure, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is minimally invasive. With TAVR, patients with severe aortic stenosis receive the replacement valve through a catheter via a two-inch incision in the groin. TAVR works by repairing – rather than removing – the existing aortic valve by wedging a replacement Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve into the existing valve’s.

Valve Replace/Repair
Repair means that the valve is fixed to help it work better. Replacement means that your own bad valve is removed and a new valve is put in its place. The decision about whether to replace or repair your valve is often not made until during surgery, when the surgeon can actually see the bad valve.