Hospital Services in Downey, CA
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Table of Contents:
What is a diagnostic cardiac catheterization?
What is interventional cardiology?
What are coronary angioplasty and stents?
What is a pacemaker?
Why are pacemakers important?
How does a pacemaker work?
Why do patients need permanent pacemaker implantation?
What are peripheral vascular interventions?
What is a transesophageal echocardiograph?
Cardiac catheterization is usually performed by a specialty cardiac care team that includes an interventional cardiologist, supported by nurses and radiology technologists. During the procedure, a nurse will monitor vital signs. After surgery, the nursing staff is also responsible for ensuring that there is no bleeding at the entry site and that the pulse in the distal extremity is intact. Also, the nurse will monitor the urine output to make sure the dye is not reacting harmfully to the kidneys. Interprofessional collaboration and open communication bring significant benefits when performing cardiac catheterization.
In interventional cardiology, catheters are used to diagnose and treat heart disease. Catheters are very small tubes (similar to an IV) that your doctor inserts through your blood vessels. Therefore, you do not need to make an incision for the catheter procedure.
Healthcare providers who practice this type of cardiology help people with vascular (blood vessel) and coronary (heart) disease. They also help people with structural heart disease. These disorders include heart valve defects and septal defects—abnormalities in the wall that separates the heart chambers.
A coronary angioplasty is a procedure that is used to expand the blocked or restricted blood vessels that supply the heart.
The term “angioplasty” is used to describe the process of using a balloon to unclog or stretch a narrowed artery. However, the majority of modern angioplasty procedures also involve inserting a short wire that is covered by a mesh, this is called a stent. The stent is positioned in a place that will allow blood to flow more easily.
Coronary angioplasty is occasionally called percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). The combination of coronary angioplasty and stenting is typically called PCI.
A pacemaker is a small device that is inserted into the chest that facilitates the control of the heartbeat. It’s employed to prevent the heart from having a too-slow beat. Inserting a pacemaker into the chest is accomplished through a surgical procedure.
Another term for a pacemaker is a cardiac pacing apparatus.
Depending on your diagnosis, you may have one of the following types of pacemakers.
– Single-chamber pacemaker. This style typically delivers electrical signals to the right ventricle of your heart.
– Multiple chamber pacemaker. This variety carries electrical signals to the right ventricle and the right atrium of your heart, these signals help regulate the duration of your contractions between the two chambers.
– Bipolar pacemaker. Biventricular pacing is also known as cardiac resynchronization therapy, this is intended for patients with heart failure and irregular heartbeat. This type of pacemaker promotes the efficient beat of the lower chambers of the heart (the right and left ventricles).
A pacemaker is inserted to assist with regulating your heartbeat. Your doctor may suggest a temporary pacemaker as a solution to your slow heartbeat (bradycardia) following a heart attack, procedure or overdosing on medication, but your heartbeat is otherwise expected to return. A pacemaker may be inserted permanently to correct a slow, irregular heartbeat that is either symptomatic of or treated with a pacemaker.
Pacemakers are only effective when activated. If your heartbeat is too slow (bradycardia), the pacemaker will send electrical signals to your heart to compensate for the lack of beat.
A pacemaker is composed of two parts: a battery and a timer.
– Pulse generator. This small metal container contains a battery and the electrical components that regulate the volume of electrical impulses sent to the heart.
– Electrodes (leads). One to three thin, insulated wires are positioned in one or more chambers of the heart, these wires deliver the electrical signals to control the heart rate. However, newer pacemakers that don’t require leads are becoming available. These devices are called pacemakers that lack leads, they are inserted directly into the heart’s muscle.
Pacemakers utilize low-powered electrical signals to regulate the frequency and duration of your heartbeat. Traditional pacemakers utilize wire-based communication, these are also referred to as leads. Wireless pacemakers are a new form of pacemaker that lacks wire.
A traditional heartbeat generator is positioned outside of your heart, either in your chest or abdomen. It’s linked via wire to electrodes positioned in one to three chambers of the heart.
Single and double-lead pacemakers communicate with the right side of the heart. A biventricular pacemaker delivers impulses to both ventricles and the atrium. The Pulses facilitate the coordination of electrical communication between the two ventricles, this is intended to assist your heart in pumping blood. This denomination is also associated with a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) device.
You may require a pacemaker if your heartbeat is too slow or too fast, or is sporadic. Pacemakers are also employed to address conditions like congestive heart failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Typically, the heart will beat when electrical signals are sent to the heart muscle, which causes it to contract. One part of your heart called the sino-atrial node releases electrical signals that cause the heart to contract and produce blood. This is then pumped towards the lungs and the rest of the body.
If your heart has a disease that affects the regular pattern of electrical stimulation, or the exact timing of the electrical stimulation, you will need a permanent pacemaker.
A pacemaker emits regular electrical signals to the heart, which helps it to pump at a typical, healthy rate. It’s a small, battery-powered box that is permanently embedded in your chest, with small, isolated wires that deliver electrical signals to your heart. After the procedure, the pacemaker is positioned beneath the skin near the heart, on either the left or right side of your chest.
Pacemakers are frequently employed for those with heartbeat issues, additionally, they help your heart have a regular heartbeat.
A pacemaker can assist you in returning to a more active, healthy lifestyle if your heart issues have adversely affected your daily activities. Often patients will report increased energy following the placement of a pacemaker.
Peripheral vascular procedures are cardiology treatments that utilize a flexible, hollow rod (catheter) to reach blood vessels external to the heart. We utilize these methods to unclog blood vessels, remove blood patches and even lower blood pressure.
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) employs echocardiography to assess the composition and function of the heart. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) emits ultrasonic vibrations. When the transducer is positioned at specific locations and angles, the ultrasonic waves travel through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues, there, the waves are reflected or bounce off of the heart structures. The transducer acquires the reflected waves and directs them to a computer. The computer visualizes the echoes as images of the heart’s walls and valves.
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