Our highly trained interventional cardiologists have the skills and experience to care for rare and complex heart conditions. Our range of minimally invasive procedures means you have more options when it comes to treatment.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first in Missouri to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a groundbreaking procedure for heart valve disease. We’re known as a leader in the Midwest for minimally invasive heart treatments.
When you choose our care team you’ll find:
- Pioneers in interventional cardiology: We were the first in Missouri to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a groundbreaking procedure for heart valve disease. Our cardiologists are consistently at the forefront of the latest interventions for heart disease.
- High volumes, more experience: We have one of the highest-volume cardiac catheterization labs in the region. We’re qualified to diagnose and care for complex forms of heart disease, even if previous therapies have failed.
- Focus on structural heart disease: Our interventional cardiologists specialize in heart valve disease, adult congenital heart disease and other conditions affecting your heart’s structure. We offer minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open-heart surgery.
- Team approach: Interventional cardiologists coordinate your treatment with experts in cardiology, interventional radiology, heart surgery, electrophysiology and other specialty areas, as needed. You receive all the care you need under one roof.
Interventional cardiology is a subspecialty of cardiology. It uses minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease. Specially trained cardiologists use catheters (long, thin tubes) and special instruments to treat heart conditions without open-heart surgery.
We perform these procedures, called cardiac catheterization (cath), on an outpatient basis. You usually go home the same day.
Your doctor makes a tiny incision into a blood vessel, usually in your groin or wrist, in a cardiac cath procedure. They insert the catheter into the vessel and guide it to the area of your heart that needs treatment.
Benefits of cardiac catheterization include:
Reduced bleeding or scarring
Usually, no hospital stay
Decreased risk of complications
Our skilled interventional cardiologists use cardiac catherizations to diagnose and treat a range of heart and vascular conditions, including:
- Adult congenital heart diseaseSome people have structural heart problems from birth. These diseases can affect your heart's blood vessels, valves or chambers.
- Aortic diseasesAortic diseases, such as aneurysms or aortic valve stenosis, affect the main blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to your body.
- Coronary artery diseaseCoronary artery disease develops when plaque builds up in the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart. It can lead to a heart attack.
- Heart rhythm disordersA heart rhythm disorder, or arrhythmia, means your heart beats too fast, too slow or has an abnormal pattern.
- Heart valve diseaseHeart valve disease describes a problem with one or more of the four valves in your heart. Your heart has to work harder to pump blood.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathyHypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a thickened heart muscle. Over time, your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs.
- Left atrial appendage (LAA)LAA is a small pouch in the upper-left chambers of your heart. Blood clots can develop in the pouch and lead to stroke.
- Vascular diseaseVascular disease affects blood vessels anywhere in your body. Examples include blood clots, aneurysms and peripheral artery disease.