Interventional Cardiology

Interventional Cardiology

Experts in catheter-based treatments

Loyola’s board-certified interventional cardiologists are nationally recognized and high-volume experts in complex catheter-based treatments. We are the first hospital in Illinois with the ability to stop a heart attack in its tracks 24 hours a day, seven days a week with our in-house Heart Attack Rapid Response Team.  Our multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, surgeons and other specialists can evaluate, diagnose and treat a full range of cardiac conditions based on each individual patient’s needs.

Screening & Tests

What is interventional cardiology?

Interventional cardiology uses nonsurgical catheter-based treatment techniques to remove coronary artery blockages, stop heart attacks, correct valvular heart disease, and treat peripheral vascular and aortic vascular problems. A catheter is inserted into a blood vessel near the groin; X-ray technology is then used to guide the catheter to the area of blockages. Angioplasty and/or stenting may be performed to increase blood flow to the heart..

The advantages of catheter-based treatments include avoidance of scars, minimal discomfort, shorter recovery time after the procedure and overall lower risk due to a minimally invasive approach but with the same benefits as surgical treatment.

Interventional cardiology procedures can be performed under local anesthesia in a cardiac catheterization lab or in a hybrid operating room, which combines the advanced X-ray (angiography) technology of the cardiac catheterization lab with the operating room environment into one functional unit. Most interventional cardiac procedures are done on an outpatient basis.

Loyola interventional cardiologists are able to draw on a range of diagnostic tools, including catheter-based testingcomprehensive hemodynamic evaluation, minimally invasive cardiovascular imaging and some  more complicated testing procedures, like a transseptal cardiac catheterization.

The Loyola difference

U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola 29th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in 2014-2015. Loyola has the only cardiology program in Chicago to be nationally ranked for 12 years in a row.

Learn more about our performance outcomes.

For more information

Call (708) 216-4720 to speak with an interventional cardiology representative.

 

Interventional Cardiology

Amir Darki
Amir Darki
M.D.,M.Sc.,R.P.V.I.
Cardiology
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Robert Dieter
Robert Dieter
M.D.,R.V.T., FACC
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Bruce E. Lewis
Bruce E. Lewis
M.D.
Cardiology
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Fred Leya
Fred Leya
M.D.
Cardiology
Coronary Artery Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Arrhythmia, .
John J. Lopez
John J. Lopez
M.D., FACC, FSCAI
Cardiology
Coronary Artery Disease, Vascular Disease, Heart Disease, Vascular Disease/ASD/PFO, Valvu...
Lowell H. Steen, Jr.
Lowell H. Steen, Jr.
M.D.
Cardiology
Coronary Artery Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Heart Attack, Hypertension, Chest Pain, Ischemic...

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