Interventional cardiology is a specialty branch of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases. Over time, plaque can develop and layer in the coronary arteries, cutting off blood supply to the heart muscle. In those cases, a board-certified cardiologist intervenes, using a thin wire that is threaded from a leg artery into the heart where the blockage can be opened to restore blood flow.
Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute performs more than 5,000 interventional cardiology procedures each year. Our program was one of the first to utilize the Impella device, a catheter-based pump that eases workload of the heart. We are also the first in the Tampa Bay region to perform the AngioVac procedure, a minimally invasive, catheter based procedure that removes large blood clots without the need for open heart surgery. Our on-call interventional cardiology team is ready to treat chest pain emergency patients around the clock.