What is interventional cardiology?
This involves treating heart disease without using open surgery (large cuts or incisions to the body). The procedures are called minimally invasive, because they involve small cuts to gain access to the inside of the body and often use catheters (thin, hollow, flexible tubes).
St Thomas' is one of the largest units in the country for invasive cardiology procedures. We perform a wide variety of procedures including:
- coronary angiography
- coronary angioplasty
- mitral valvuloplasty
- rotational atherectomy
- laser angioplasty
- intravascular ultrasound
- pressure wire studies
- septal ablations
- trans-catheter aortic valve implantation
In 2013, the unit performed approximately 3,200 cardiac catheters and 1,000 angioplasties. All consultant outcomes are reported publicly at www.bcis.org.uk.
St Thomas' is a centre for 24 hour primary angioplasty, which is a treatment for patients who are having a heart attack and are brought to hospital by ambulance or arrive at accident and emergency (A&E).