Putnam Community Medical Center is making it easier for heart patients in our community to receive care locally with the launch of a new interventional cardiology program.

The Heart & Vascular program provides patients ready access to a variety of diagnostic and non-surgical treatments for the heart, including angioplasty and stenting.

The following procedures are now offered at Putnam Community Medical Center in the Heart & Vascular Center:

Angioplasty creates a space in a blocked artery by inserting and inflating a tiny balloon. The balloon, which does not remain in the body, compresses the plaque against the wall of the artery so that blood can flow more freely.

Cardioverter Defibrillators help treat patients at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Implanted through a small incision near the shoulder, ICDs use electrical pulses to help control life-threatening and irregular heartbeats.

Fractional Flow Reserve can accurately measure blood pressure and flow through a specific part of the coronary artery. It can be useful in assessing whether or not to perform angioplasty or stenting on intermediate blockages.

Intravascular Ultrasound employs a catheter in the coronary artery to emit sound waves that produce an image of a blockage, providing information necessary to determine next steps in treatment.

Pacemaker Insertion is for patients with abnormally slow heart rhythms, congestive heart failure and/or a high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Pacemakers help the heart pump more effectively by coordinating the pumping action through electrical signals.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Intervention involves the evaluation of diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart. Balloon angioplasty and stenting may be used similarly to treat PAD.

Peripheral Atherectomy uses a small, circular blade to shave off the plaque in the blood vessels outside the heart. The plaque is reduced to particles smaller than red blood cells, resulting in a smoother inner surface of the vessel that allows for increased blood flow.

Stenting uses a tiny, permanently placed, stainless steel, wire-mesh tube called a stent to keep arteries open following a Balloon Angioplasty (see above). Both bare-metal and medication-releasing stents are available.