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Interventional (catheter-based) cardiology

  • Interventional cardiology refers to catheter-based treatments that repair conditions such as coronary artery disease, structural heart diseases, congenital heart defects, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and heart failure.

    Interventional cardiology treatments are minimally invasive because they require only small incisions and use catheters rather than open-heart procedures.

    Common treatments include: angioplasty, coronary stents, catheter based valve replacement (such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR), complex revascularization (re-opening coronary arteries in complex and chronic states), and heart failure diagnostic and treatment procedures.

    Catheterization laboratory

    Minneapolis Heart Institute® Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) is located in the Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital. Heart specialists insert catheters (long, thin, tubes) into structures of the heart while watching on a screen that shows the inside of the heart, without open-heart surgery.

    Many patients who experience cardiovascular emergencies receive life-saving care in Cath Lab. Minneapolis Heart Institute® coordinates with more than 30 community hospitals throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. These patients are cared for and transported quickly to Abbott Northwestern to provide them with state of the art care no matter where they are when a cardiovascular emergency occurs.