Interventional Cardiology at OhioHealth brings together extensive experience, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat heart and vascular conditions in the safest and most effective way possible.

Our interventional cardiologists perform a wide array of procedures to open blocked arteries, repair heart valves and implant cardiac devices. We take a personal approach to heart and vascular care, treating the entire patient, and not just a disease.

We perform hundreds of complex interventional procedures each year, both diagnostic and treatment-related. That depth of experience ensures our patients are in the most capable hands for heart care.

A New Approach to Opening Arteries 

When a patient has a blocked or narrowed coronary artery, angioplasty can help restore blood flow to the heart. During the procedure, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), doctors make a small incision through which they thread a catheter to access the blockage. They then widen the artery with a balloon catheter, usually placing a drug-coated stent to keep the vessel open.

Until recently, physicians have gained access through the femoral artery in the groin, which confines patients to a hospital bed for hours after the procedure, to reduce bleeding. Now, they may gain access via the radial artery in the wrist - called transradial access - a procedure that provides a lower risk of bleeding and other complications.

Patients experience faster recovery rates and fewer complications with transradial access. They often can be up and walking just minutes after the procedure, frequently avoiding an overnight stay.

OhioHealth patients have expanded, convenient access to this treatment option because our physicians are performing this procedure at cath labs throughout our system of hospitals, including Riverside Methodist, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital and Marion General. Grady Memorial uses the transradial approach when performing diagnostic heart catheterizations.

We are leaders nationally in transradial PCI, performing more procedures this way than at most centers.

Expanding Knowledge

Riverside Methodist and Grant Medical Center are among just 40 medical facilities in the United States participating in the Safe PCI Clinical Trial. This trial compares the effectiveness and feasibility of the transradial approach to PCI in women, as opposed to the traditional approach.

Treating the Most Complex Cases

Patients benefit from the depth and volume of experience our physicians have in treating the most complex blockages, and we have state-of-the-art technologies to deal with these conditions.

  • We perform rotational atherectomy, which uses high-speed, diamond-tipped drills to remove long blockages or heavily calcified blockages.
  • We use the latest generation of stents to keep arteries open and prevent clots from re-forming.

The Best Care for Each Patient 

For complex heart and vascular patients, there is no "one-size-fits-all." We tailor our therapies to each patient's needs, taking into account a wide variety of factors.

Advanced diagnostic technologies provide vital information that guides individualized treatment.

For example, a test known as FFR (fixed fractional flow reserve) allows us to measure blood flow to determine which patients would benefit from stent placement, and which would not.

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Conditions and Treatments Associated with Interventional Cardiology

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Carotid Artery Disease
Congenital heart defects

Coronary Artery Disease
Heart Attack
Heart Failure
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Valve disorders

AAA repair
Balloon valve repair
Bi-ventricular devices
Cardiac assist devices
Cardiac catheterization
Carotid artery stenting
Coronary angiography
Coronary angioplasty
Coronary artery atherectomy
FFR - fractional flow reserve (diagnostic)
Implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs)
Limb salvage

Pacemaker implant
Peripheral angiography
Peripheral angioplasty
Peripheral atherectomy
Radial access PCI
Repair of atrial defect/patent foramen ovale closure
Repair of Coarctation of the Aorta
Repair of Left Ventricular Appendage
TAVR (Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement)
Treatment of renal artery stenosis
Valve repair

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