South Bay's Experts in Catheter-Based Treatment
Torrance Memorial has continually been at the forefront in minimally invasive treatment options for cardiovascular care. Torrance Memorial Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute is the South Bay's leader in catheter-based treatment. Comprised of some of the world's most experienced cardiologists, our Cardiac Cath Lab offers expert diagnosis, state-of-the-art technology, and unparalleled excellence in care and patient safety.
What is Interventional Cardiology?
Interventional cardiology uses nonsurgical catheter-based (small tubes inserted into the arteries and guided to the heart) treatment techniques to manage or reduce coronary artery blockages, stop heart attacks, correct valvular heart disease, and treat peripheral vascular and aortic vascular problems.
Interventional cardiology procedures are generally less invasive than traditional surgery. In most cases, these procedures require only one small incision for insertion of the catheter. Most interventional cardiology patients do not require general anesthesia and some procedures can take as few as 30 minutes to perform.
In many cases, patients go home the same day or are hospitalized for only one night following interventional cardiology procedures, instead of the longer hospital stay required by other types of surgery. Recovery time often is shorter as well and symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest pain, are usually relieved quickly and effectively.
Key Interventional Cardiology Procedures
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is used to determine and diagnose the severity and extent of cardiovascular problems, including coronary arteries.
Angioplasty and Percutaneous Coronary Stenting
Angioplasty and percutaneous coronary stenting are procedures to widen or hold open narrowed or blocked arteries.
Coronary atherectomy is used to remove or reduce large plaque deposits from coronary arteries.
Balloon valvuloplasty, also called percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty, is a procedure used to enlarge a narrowed, or stenotic, heart valve.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) is a surgical procedure to clear blockages or Chronic Total Occlusion in the arteries through innovative percutaneous (performed through a needle stick through the skin) techniques. Learn more about CABG
Coronary thrombectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed to remove a blood clot, from a coronary artery or other blood vessel.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
TAVR is the name for a procedure that enables patients with a condition called severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic heart valve opening) to receive a new heart valve without undergoing open-heart surgery. Learn more about TAVR.