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Treatment Options

There is no cure for heart disease. All therapy is aimed at reducing the chances of future heart damage and improving quality of life.

After evaluation, your doctor will choose the treatment that is best for you. Some treatment involves procedures, such as an angioplasty (or "balloon" procedure). Other treatment may be medical or surgical.

Cardiac Catheterization

When needed, a more comprehensive test may be performed involving a very small internal catheter and contrast dye which provides an accurate x-ray moving picture of blocked vessels affecting the heart. Cardiovascular surgeons and a surgery suite are readily available if the need arises for emergency cardiac surgery. The physicians, together with expert technologists, perform approximately 6,000 cardiac catheterizations each year as well as 1,100 balloon angioplasties. Since the labs opened, we have performed over 40,000 procedures. This includes more than 5,500 angioplasties (balloon surgeries), the placement of over 1,200 intracoronary stents and many other types of interventional procedures.

Cardiovascular Surgery

The cardiovascular surgeons provide quality service and expertise in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery; Valve Repair or Replacement, and Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Procedures (MIDCAB & Heart Ports). Since 1983, the Tennessee Heart Center has performed over 7,000 open heart procedures. The cardiac surgery team includes anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurse specialists, perfusionists and technologists. The collaborative effort by the cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, anesthesiologists and other highly trained support personnel, place the Tennessee Heart Center among the top of the nation's hospitals performing coronary artery bypass surgery.

In addition to the treatment your doctor prescribes, you will be asked to change to a healthier lifestyle. Changing your lifestyle is a very important part of your treatment for heart disease.


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