Advanced Treatment for Interventional Cardiology

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In addition to traditional non-invasive screenings, the UMC Heart Center offers outstanding cardiac treatment for patients of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.  The multidisciplinary approach allows patients and their family members to have access to systems only available at UMC.

Some of these include:

  • Laser Atherectomy: Atherectomy is a great treatment option in peripheral artery disease (PAD). The laser system operates over a guide wire and is used to ablate and destroy plaque buildup in arteries.
  • Watchman LAAC Implant Atrial fibrillation can cause blood to stick together and clot in an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA). Blood clots can break loose from the LAA and travel to the brain, lungs, and other parts of the body, causing a stroke. The WATCHMAN implant is designed to keep these harmful clots from escaping the LAA.
  • Chronic Total Occlusion (intervention of coronary arteries): A complete blockage in a coronary artery that has been present for over three months is called a chronic total occlusion. Cardiac interventionists are now using special guide wires and catheters that are gently steered across the total blockages to treat them.
  • Carotid Artery Disease: Carotid Artery Disease is a form of Peripheral Artery Disease that affects blood flow through the carotid arteries, the two large vessels on each side of your neck that supply blood to the brain. When you feel your pulse on your neck under your jaw, you are feeling blood move through the carotid artery.
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