Catheterization procedures involve threading a long tube (catheter) into the arteries to bring miniature cameras and instruments to a disease site in the heart or blood vessels.
A cardiac (heart) catheterization procedure allows doctors to:
The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute has one of the largest and most experienced diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization programs in the United States.
Our specialists perform more than 23,000 heart catheterization procedures each year.
Our state-of-the-art heart catheterization labs provide UPMC experts with the most modern imaging technology to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases.
Staffed around the clock with specialists in emergency catheterization, we treat acutely ill patients — including many who arrive by helicopter from regional community hospitals.
We also evaluate and treat:
UPMC cardiologists have experience in treating the most difficult cardiac cases using:
Our interventional cardiologists routinely help in evaluating and treating patients in UPMC's Heart Transplant Program.
They also have an active program in treating peripheral arterial disease, including:
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