Comprehensive treatment of heart disease draws from many clinical areas including interventional procedures and cardiac surgeries. Our clinicians work closely together to form individualized treatment and rehabilitation plans, resulting in the best possible outcome for each patient.
- Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is a common, non-surgical procedure performed in a catheterization laboratory (cath lab). A narrow tube is inserted into the femoral artery (groin), threaded through the arterial system, and into the arteries that surround and supply blood to the heart. Cardiac catheterization allows your healthcare providers to do many different treatments including angioplasty, stent placement, and plaque removal by rotating blade, laser, and/or radiation.
- Angioplasty (PTCA, PCI)
Angioplasty opens a blood vessel by inflating a small balloon inside it. The balloon compresses the fatty plaque that made the vessel narrow. In many cases, angioplasty is combined with stent placement, where a tiny tube is inserted to hold the artery open.
- Stent Placement
A stent is a small metal coil or tube that is placed in a narrowed artery to hold it open. To place the stent, your healthcare provider first performs angioplasty to compress and cut away plaque buildup in the artery.
- Bypass Surgery (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, CABG)
Bypass surgery, or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a commonly performed open heart surgery where a vein from your leg — or an artery from your chest wall or arm — is used to bypass a coronary artery that is narrowed or blocked by fatty plaque buildup.
Cardiac rehabilitation at Intermountain Heart Institute offers medically supervised programs specifically designed for patients recovering from heart conditions and heart surgery. Our certified rehab therapists customize programs for each individual patient and offer a caring and safe environment that promotes well-being, health, and appropriate exercise.