Ascension Sacred Heart Bay Interventional Radiology
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Heart and vascular care with non-invasive treatments
Vascular interventional radiology (IR) procedures use image-guided technology to deliver targeted treatments to the heart and vascular system. Our doctors are radiologists specializing in minimally invasive procedures that start with a small incision and a catheter. Your vascular system is used to access a vein that leads to a blocked coronary artery near the heart or the carotid artery to the brain. During an interventional procedure in the cath lab or in cardiac surgery, the doctor opens a clogged artery and places a stent to help prevent stroke and heart attack. At Ascension Sacred Heart Bay, we also offer cryoablation for A-fib, a minimally invasive procedure that disables the heart cells that are creating your irregular heartbeat.
Our interventional radiologists work with the cardiologists at Ascension Sacred Heart Bay Heart Institute to provide advanced care for your needs. We have five cardiac catheterization labs for angioplasty and stent placement to open clogged blood vessels in the heart. From routine heart and vascular procedures to complex care, our care teams deliver personalized care that's right for you. - the only comprehensive heart and vascular program in Bay County. Our care team leads the Panama City area in number of heart surgeries, and we are the only area hospital performing open-heart surgery.
Interventional clot removal systems
As vascular interventional radiologists, we offer many non-invasive treatment options for conditions that affect how your blood flows throughout your body. At Ascension Sacred Heart Bay, we are non-surgically removing life-threatening clots due to a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis using the FlowTriever and ClotTriever systems.
Interventional radiology in multispecialty care
Our IR doctors are part of our hospital's critical care medicine, oncology, kidney health, and orthopedic care teams. In critical care medicine and cancer care, we use IR techniques to deliver medicine directly to the affected area of the body, for example through a Lifeport for antibiotic treatment or chemotherapy. Ports are used to to control abnormal bleeding, drain fluids and for kidney dialysis. For orthopedic and trauma injury care, our IR doctors provide non-invasive treatments to help improve the healing process of a compression fracture in the thorax, lumbar spine or sacrum.