Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology is a cardiac specialty that involves catheter-based, minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of structural heart diseases.

Interventional Cardiologists specialize in evaluating the flow of blood through narrowed arteries that supply oxygen to the heart and throughout the body. Interventional Cardiology provides patients a nonsurgical option to assess and treat conditions and diseases of the heart.

Interventional procedures utilize flexible tubing called catheters along with specialized imaging techniques to repair narrowed arteries, damaged or weakened blood vessels and impaired components of the heart’s structure. Catheterization techniques are minimally invasive which often result in less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. These procedures are performed in Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s dedicated Cardiac Cath Labs featuring the most advanced interventional technology.

Why Choose NGMC?

NGMC offers patients access to a team of cardiologists with expertise in interventional procedures including heart catheterization, balloon angioplasty and treatment of structural heart diseases.

Approximately 3,000 procedures are performed each year in our cardiac cath labs. The labs at NGMC house the most advanced interventional technology including biplane imaging, which allows more images to be taken simultaneously with less contrast dye and magnetic catherization.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) was the first hospital in Georgia, and still one of few programs in the Southeast, with magnetic catheterization technology, a catheter navigation system designed to assist physicians performing interventional procedures with more precision and control, especially in difficult to reach areas of the heart.

Conditions We Treat

Interventional cardiologists diagnose and treat narrowing and blockages in the arteries. If your primary care provider or your doctor believes that you may be experiencing constriction of the arteries, they may refer you to an interventional cardiologist. At the cardiac catheterization labs at Braselton and Gainesville, we offer the most advanced technology and comprehensive services out of any cardiovascular program in northeast Georgia. If it happens that you need complex care in order to treat your condition, we have the surgical oversight and comprehensive expertise to diagnose and treat even the most complex cases right here in our facilities, rather than referring you out to a different hospital.

We offer diagnostics and treatment for the following heart conditions:

Diagnostic & Treatment Procedures We Offer

The Interventional Cardiologists at NGMC offer expertise and extensive training in a range of advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment of cardiovascular disease and heart conditions. Our specialists are equipped to perform the following interventional procedures in NGMC’s dedicated Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory:

Alcohol Septal Ablation

This minimally-invasive procedure for treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is performed at NGMC Gainesville.

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Atherectomies

Technique used to remove plaque from a blocked heart artery. These procedures can be completed using several different state-of-the-art methods that the cath lab has readily available.

Cardiac catheterization

Diagnostic procedure completed by gently inserting a catheter into the blood vessels that feed the heart. Several injections of x-ray dye are made into the arteries allowing doctors to see heart blockages. Pressure measurements also are taken inside the heart to further evaluate the heart chambers and valves.

Coronary stenting

A stent is a small metal coil, or mesh tube, that may be placed in the artery to help keep it from reclosing by providing a scaffolding-like support. A stent is commonly used in conjunction with a balloon angioplasty and athrectomies.

Coronary ultrasound

Device which utilizes sound waves to assist in the evaluation of the heart arteries. A small catheter is placed inside the artery, and pictures are taken from within to better define the blockages.

MitraClip procedure

This minimally-invasive treatment option for mitral valve regurgitation is performed at NGMC Gainesville.

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Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

Also known as PTCI or balloon angioplasty, this interventional procedure involves inserting a balloon-tipped catheter into a blocked heart artery. The balloon is then inflated and deflated to compress the blockage of plaque and increase the blood flow.

Peripheral angioplasty

Procedure which examines arteries of the body, i.e. arteries in the leg, for diagnosis and treatment, helping increase the blood flow where needed. Balloons and stents are often used in other arteries outside the heart, including the legs, kidneys and carotid arteries.

Cardiac cath lab procedures require a physician referral and are performed by a cardiologist following an evaluation.

Permanent pacemakers

Procedure that involves the implantation of an electronic device that helps the heart maintain regular beats.

Robotic Angioplasty

When someone needs a stent or balloon to open up blocked arteries, NGMC’s robotic angioplasty capability combines physician expertise with robotic precision to restore blood flow to the heart.

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Valvuloplasty

Procedure similar to balloon angioplasty of the heart arteries. The difference is that a larger balloon is used to expand a constricted valve, leading to increased blood flow through the heart.

Meet Our Interventional Cardiologists

Interventional Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing the conditions of the heart and abnormalities impairing the cardiovascular system through nonsurgical, catheter-based procedures.  At Northeast Georgia Medical Center, we provide inpatient care on our hospital campuses and outpatient care through The Heart Center of NGMC.

Connect with us today!

Are ready to talk with a member of Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Services department? Here are three ways you can get started:

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Choose a doctor from our expert Interventional Cardiology team.

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Connect with us using our short online form.

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Call 770-219-5416 to ask a question about our program.