Heart and Vascular Institute Treatments and Procedures

Learn more about cardiovascular treatments and procedures.

Treatments and Procedures Types
Aneurysm repair
Angina treatments
Arrhythmia treatments

Noninvasive EP procedures:

  • Cardioversions
  • Tilt table tests
  • Noninvasive program stimulation

Catheter-based procedures:

  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies (diagnostic procedure)
  • Ablations (therapeutic procedure)
  • Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy


  • Pacemakers
  • Implantable defibrillators

Surgical procedures:

  • Maze procedure (modified or complete)
Atherosclerosis treatments
  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Endovascular, diagnostic, and interventional procedures: renal, carotid, and peripheral
  • Angioplasty and stenting for arterial blockage
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
Cardiac catheterization
  • Diagnostic catheterization
  • Angioplasty and stenting for aterial blockage
  • High-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), including:
    • Left main stenting
    • PCI in shock
Carotid artery procedures
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Carotid stenting
Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Minimally invasive direct  coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB)
  • Off-pump coronary artery bypass
  • On-pump coronary artery bypass
  • Hybrid procedures
  • High-risk coronary revascularization
Coronary imaging
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Echocardiography
    • Stress echocardiography
    • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Nuclear cardiology
    • 64-slice CT angiography
  • Optical coherence tomography
Diabetic arterial disease treatment
  • Wound care
  • Catheter-based interventions
  • Surgery
Endocarditis treatment
  • Antibiotic management
  • Heart valve repair/replacement
Heart failure treatment
  • Medical management
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting)
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Heart valve repair/replacement
  • Heart-assist (or ventricular-assist) devices
    • Percutaneous heart-assist devices
  • Heart transplantation
Heart valve repair and replacement
  • Aortic 
  • Mitral 
  • Pulmonic
  • Tricuspid
  • Minimally invasive approaches
Leg bypass surgery
Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass  (MIDCAB)
  • Minimally invasive thoracic endovascular therapy
  • Minimally invasive repair of atrial septal defects
  • Minimally invasive valve repair and replacement
Other cardiac treatments
  • Closure of patent foramen ovale and atrial septal defects
  • Septal myectomy
  • Ventricular septal defect repair 
  • Cardiac tumor treatment 
  • Sinus venosus defect repair
  • Ventricular aneurysm repair
  • Ostium primum and secundum defect repair
Percutaneous valve therapy
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty
  • Transcutaneous aortic valve implantation
  • Mitral valvuloplasty
  • Percutaneous mitral valve repair
Pulmonary hypertension treatment
  • Medical management
    • Oral therapies
    • Inhaled therapies
    • Subcutaneous prostacyclins
    • Intravenous prostacyclins and analogs
  • Pulmonary thromboendartectomy
  • Lung and heart-lung transplant
Thoracic aortic disease treatments
  • Aneurysm repair: aortic root, ascending aorta, aortic arch, thoracic (descending) aorta
  • Aortic arch replacement
  • Aortic dissection repair (other than abdominal)
  • Aortic valve-sparing root replacement
  • Ascending aortic replacement without root involvement
  • Thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair
  • Thoracic endovascular therapy
  • Heart transplant
  • Heart-lung transplant
Varicose vein treatments
  • Laser ablation and sclerotherapy
  • Varicose vein stripping
Venous ulcer treatments
  • Unna boots
  • Transparent dressings
  • Hydrocolloid dressings
  • Growth factors
  • Compression
  • Surgery or vein ablation
Wound healing treatments  

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