New and advanced diagnostic tests and tools are constantly being introduced to further understand the complexity of cardiovascular care, whether present at birth or developed over time.
A cardiac catheterization is just one of the diagnostic tests MetroWest heart specialists use to further understand and identify cardiovascular disease. We have invested in technologies to help improve the accuracy of diagnosing blockages as well as what the best course of treatment is. These include Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS).
We are also fortunate enough to have a group of Invasive Cardiologists who are expert at performing cardiac catheterizations through a small artery in the wrist as opposed to a large artery in the groin. The two main advantages are the ability to immediately ambulate and reduced risk of major bleeding associated with the procedure.
If a significant blockage is identified (at least 70 percent), usually our interventional cardiology team is able to open that blockage up with a balloon to expand the narrowing, and then insert a stent to keep the narrowing from closing back down