Treatments & Procedures: Heart Procedures

Below is a list of common heart treatments and procedures offered at West Suburban Medical Center.

Angioplasty

An angioplasty is a procedure that uses a balloon to widen narrowed arteries. 

Artificial Heart Valve Surgery

Artificial heart valve surgery involves replacing an abnormal or diseased heart valve with an artificial one.

Atherectomy

An atherectomy is a procedure in which excess plaque is cut from an artery using a rotating shaver.

Bypass Surgery

Bypass surgery involves creating alternative paths for blood flow to the heart using arteries and veins from other parts of the body.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is implanted in your chest or abdomen to monitor heart rhythms and help control life-threatening arrhythmias. Many ICDs also record the heart's electrical patterns when there is an abnormal heartbeat. This can help your doctor plan future treatment.

Loop Recorder Insertion

Also known as an implantable event recorder, this device is placed under the skin and can record your heart rhythm for up to 14 months. It is helpful in recording serious rhythm problems that may occur infrequently. 

Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

When heart surgery is minimally invasive, the surgeon is able to make small incisions (cuts) in the side of the chest between the ribs rather than much larger incisions. This can help speed recovery time. 

Pacemaker Insertion

Much like an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a Pacemaker is implanted in your chest or abdomen to monitor heart rhythms and help control life-threatening arrhythmias. It uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. 

Stent Procedure

A stent procedure involves installing a wire mesh tube into a narrowed coronary artery to keep it open. It is often used in conjunction with an angioplasty procedure.

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