Coronary intervention involves procedures to open narrow or blocked coronary (heart) arteries, or to repair certain defects. At Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, our skilled cardiovascular surgeons are at the forefront of minimally invasive options to meet these needs.
When blood cannot flow property through the coronary arteries, it can cause symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath – and can pose a serious health hazard.
At our Interventional Cardiology Lab, Lahey physicians have the special expertise and experience necessary to perform state-of-the-art interventional procedures. Coronary intervention also requires sophisticated medical imaging as well as cooperation among experts from various departments, to provide the best outcomes possible for patients.
Some of the coronary intervention procedures available at Lahey include:
- Angioplasty, in which a tiny balloon is threaded through the catheter to open blockages in the coronary arteries and restore blood flow to the heart
- Stent placement, in which a mesh device is implanted into an artery to hold it open; newer devices include drug-coated stents and absorbable stents that have shown even better results in keeping vessels open