Interventional Cardiology

If medication is not providing relief for your heart condition, an interventional cardiology procedure may be the answer. Interventional cardiology is a minimally invasive method of diagnosing and treating conditions of the heart and blood vessels. Interventional procedures are not open surgery, so you typically have a quicker recovery time.

The heart team at Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute uses interventional cardiology to diagnose and treat many heart problems. We offer advanced procedures using the most sophisticated technology available.

Interventional Cardiology: Why Choose Vanderbilt

We offer:

  • Latest treatment options: A core value of our team is innovation. We offer advanced therapies that are often not widely available. We will help you to select the most effective treatment option for your heart condition.
  • High volume of procedures: We perform more than 6,000 procedures a year in our cardiac catheterization lab. Our specialists see more patients, with more variety in conditions and treatments, than other local centers. Nationally, we are ranked among the top 20 cardiology and cardiac surgery programs by U.S. News & World Report. We are the only top-ranked program in Tennessee.
  • Team approach: At Vanderbilt, our cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular medicine specialists work together to find the right treatment plan for each patient.

What Is Interventional Cardiology?

Our doctors perform interventional cardiology procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab, or “cath lab.”

While heart surgery is sometimes the best approach, it involves a large incision with a longer recovery time. Cath procedures can now treat many heart conditions in a less invasive way.  This technique involves only a small incision, so you heal faster. A specialist in interventional cardiology will perform your procedure.

During a catheterization procedure, the doctor will insert a thin tube into your leg or wrist artery. The doctor will use X-ray imaging to see the catheter and guide it through your blood vessels to your heart. Once the catheter is in place, your doctor may perform various procedures, depending on the specific condition.

For most cardiac cath procedures, you need only a local anesthetic. You may be able to go home the same day, or you may stay in the hospital overnight.

Interventional Cardiology: Heart Conditions We Treat

Our experts use interventional procedures to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Heart valve disease
  • Heart failure
  • Arrhythmias
  • Pulmonary embolism

Types of Interventional Cardiology Procedures

We offer the full range of interventional cardiology procedures, including:

  • Angiogram: The doctor injects contrast dye (so it shows up on an X-ray) into your veins to see how your blood is flowing and locate potential problems.
  • Angioplasty: The doctor guides the catheter to your blocked artery and inflates a small balloon inside the artery to help clear the clog.
  • Stenting: During angioplasty, your doctor may also insert a stent, or a small cylinder made of wire mesh, to keep the artery open.
  • Atherectomy: The doctor uses a special catheter that can scrape plaque from the blood vessel.
  • Heart biopsy: The doctor guides the catheter to your heart to remove a small tissue sample from the lining of the heart muscle. We then analyze the sample in a lab to help confirm a diagnosis.

Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute Locations

Our experienced team of doctors may see patients at additional locations. To find the location closest to you, call (615) 322-2318.

8401 Highway 111
Byrdstown, TN 38549
(615) 322-2318
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1645 S. Main St., Suite 101
Crossville, TN 38555
(615) 322-2318
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Maury Regional Medical Center
1220 Trotwood Ave., Suite 401
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 388-8622
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Williamson Medical Center
4323 Carothers Pkwy. Williamson Tower, Suite 405
Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 875-5337
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Crockett Specialty Center
1611 S. Locust St.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
(931) 388-8622
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420 E. Main St., Suite 1
Livingston, TN 38570
(615) 322-2318
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1370 Gateway Blvd., Suite 200
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 895-1301
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Medical Center East
1215 21st Ave S., 5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2318
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One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Ln., Suite 22100
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 322-2318
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1255 E. College St., Suite 2A
Pulaski, TN 38478
(931) 388-8622
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2839 Highway 231 N., Suite 209
Shelbyville, TN 37160
(931) 685-4492
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101 Mangubat Dr., Suite A
Waynesboro, TN 38485
(931) 388-8622
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1397 S. College St., Suite 1
Winchester, TN 37398
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121 Memorial Drive
Franklin, KY 42134
(270) 598-8056
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1010 Medical Center Dr.
Powderly, KY 42367
(615) 322-2318
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