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Interventional Cardiology Program

Many people may be told there is no way to treat their heart issues, or that the only treatment is open-heart surgery. The Interventional Cardiology Program at UI Health is team cardiologists, radiologists, and surgeons who collaborate to provide minimally invasive treatments for a variety of heart conditions and diseases without the need for surgery.

Under the direction of Dr. Adhir Shroff, the UI Health Interventional Cardiology Program is improving procedures to improve your outcomes, from diagnosis to intervention.

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY PROCEDURES

UI Health interventional cardiologists have extensive expertise in a comprehensive range of standard-of-care and leading-edge minimally invasive heart procedures:

Angioplasty and Stenting

Angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure that restores blood flow for patients who have had a heart attack or are at risk of heart attack due to a blockage in an artery of the heart. Symptoms of reduced blood flow in a coronary artery include chest pain and shortness of breath.

During angioplasty, an interventional cardiologist sends a catheter to the site of a blockage, passes a balloon over a wire inside the catheter, and inflates the balloon to push the plaque causing the blockage against the vessel wall. When the blockage is cleared, the balloon is deflated and removed.

During stenting, a mesh tube called a stent in the vessel to hold it open and allow blood to flow.

UI Health interventional cardiologists use angioplasty and/or stenting to treat less-common conditions of the coronary arteries, including clearing blockages of the left main coronary artery (LMCA), a critical pathway for blood in the heart, and treating complete arterial blockages, also known as chronic total occlusions. They also treat blockages in the peripheral arteries, especially those in the legs, where reduced blood flow can cause pain when walking.

Atherectomy

A through-the-skin procedure, atherectomy may precede angioplasty and stenting when patients have a lot of calcium in the arteries. The goal of atherectomy is to soften or dislodge the calcium to make it easier to insert a balloon in the artery and allow stents to fully expand.

Structural Heart Disease Treatments

Our team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons provide a variety of nonsurgical treatments for heart valve disease, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement/TAVR, MitraClip procedure, and left atrial appendage occlusion/The WatchmanTM Procedure.

CONTACT US

Our Location

Outpatient Care Center, Suite 3C
1801 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Directions

To make an appointment with the Interventional Cardiology team, please fill out the online form or call 312.996.6480.