Interventional Cardiac Care
Through interventional cardiac care, our cardiologist perform procedures to correct problems with your heart. These kinds of services are more resource-intensive, and have better outcomes when done in higher volumes. That is why interventional cardiac care services have been centralized at Rouge Valley Health System for the 401-east corridor of Scarborough and Durham. This ensures that cardiac patients throughout the region can get the care they need close to home. In fact, Rouge Valley has been named as the first hospital in Ontario to provide stand-alone angioplasty (PCI) services.
Our interventional cardiac services are provided at our Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus, where we have two catheterization laboratories.
Interventional cardiac services
Coronary angiography is an X-ray examination of the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart) or chambers of the heart.
A very small tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your upper thigh (groin area) or arm. The tip of the tube is then positioned either in the heart or at the beginning of the coronary arteries. Then a dye is used with and special X-rays to show inside of your heart. The pictures that are obtained are called angiograms.
Doctors use angiograms to assess the condition of your heart, and to determine if any further procedures are required.
View a photo of an angiogram.
A coronary angioplasty—also referred to as a percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI—is a medical procedure that is done to widen arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle if they have become narrow. Your heart’s arteries can become narrow and clogged from a buildup of cholesterol, cells or other substances. This can cause reduced blood flow to your heart, which can lead to a life-threatening condition. The coronary angioplasty will enable improved blood flow through these arteries to the heart, without the need for open heart surgery.
To schedule an appointment or consult with one of our cardiologists, please call 416-281-7400.