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St. Lucie Medical Center
St. Lucie Medical Center Emergency Room at Darwin Square

Heart Care Services

There are a number of interventional cardiovascular procedures that your doctor may choose to diagnose and/or treat your condition. Interventional cardiology procedures are also referred to as minimally invasive because they do not involve the extensive surgery of open-heart procedures like coronary artery bypass or valve replacement. A wide array of interventional treatments are available to patients at St. Lucie Medical Center for conditions that block the flow of blood through the arteries in the heart and other vessels in the body.

We have installed the latest, state-of-the-art technology and digital imaging equipment in our catheterization labs. Using the high quality images produced by this technology, physicians can see clearly inside the body to diagnose cardiovascular conditions and decide how best to treat them.

Diagnostic Catheterization

If your symptoms and diagnostic test results indicate the possibility of coronary artery disease, you may be scheduled for a diagnostic catheterization. Your cardiologist uses a tiny, hollow tube called a catheter to help diagnose problems in the coronary arteries. After a sedative, the doctor puts a catheter into an artery in your arm, groin or wrist. The latter is called a radial approach, and a growing number of physicians are choosing this approach. For eligible patients, it means a decreased chance of complications and a shorter and more comfortable recovery.

During your heart catheterization, your cardiologist watches a high definition video screen and injects a dye through the catheter into the arteries. The doctor watches how well the dye flows through the arteries and can see any blockages. Depending on the size, type and location, your doctor may choose to medication or a minimally invasive, interventional procedure as treatment.

Transradial Cardiac Catheterization and Angioplasty/Stenting

What is transradial cardiac catheterization?

Transradial cardiac catheterization offers a less invasive, lower-risk option because the procedure is performed through the wrist rather than the groin. This allows for a quicker recovery time and a shorter hospital stay. Immediately after the procedure, patients should be able to sit up, eat, and walk. In contrast, after a traditional cardiac catheterization, patients must lie flat for two to six hours, in order to ensure that bleeding will not occur from the site.

The benefits of the transradial technique include:

  • Reduces bleeding complications
  • Shortens hospital stays
  • Improves the patient’s experience

The doctors of Heart & Family Health Institute are now providing Cardiac Catheterization and Angioplasty/Stenting through the wrist to eligible patients of the community at St. Lucie Medical Center.

For more information about this procedure, please call (772) 398-7805.