Coronary Revascularization Specialist

Frontenac Cardiovascular Center

Cardiologists located in Frontenac, MO

If you have a heart artery blockage that doesn’t respond to less invasive treatments, the expert cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center, in Frontenac, Missouri, may recommend coronary revascularization — which includes coronary bypass surgery and angioplasty. If you’re looking for a cardiologist who will explore all your treatment options including coronary revascularization, call Frontenac Cardiovascular Center or schedule a consultation online today.

Coronary Revascularization Q & A

What is coronary revascularization?

Coronary revascularization includes surgical procedures that repair damaged blood vessels or reroute your blood flow around a blockage. The two most common types of coronary revascularization are angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend either surgery or a hybrid procedure that combines both treatments.

Coronary bypass surgery reroutes your blood flow in your coronary arteries. Your cardiologist surgically grafts a blood vessel to allow your blood to flow efficiently around a blockage.

During angioplasty, your cardiologist uses a catheter and surgical balloon to open a narrowed or blocked blood vessel. Your doctor may place a stent in your blood vessel to hold it open and allow blood to flow efficiently.

Why would I need coronary revascularization?

The cardiologists at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center use coronary revascularization to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. These procedures can reduce chest pain and other symptoms caused by atherosclerosis and repair damage caused by heart attacks.

If you have chest pain or have a history of cardiovascular health problems, talk to the doctors at Frontenac Cardiovascular Center about your medical history and your symptoms.

They provide comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessments and diagnostic testing, including electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and traditional and CT angiograms to assess your risk and create customized treatment plans to improve your cardiovascular health.

What should I expect during coronary revascularization?

Coronary bypass surgery is usually performed with a traditional open incision in your chest. Your cardiologist provides general anesthesia that allows you to sleep through the procedure, which can take between three and six hours.

You will usually need to spend a few days in the hospital following your operation so your cardiologist and medical team can monitor your recovery and ensure the surgery was successful.

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that your surgeon performs with a catheter and an angiogram to locate the blockages and guide the catheter. They provide a local anesthetic at the catheter insertion point, which is usually in your groin, and a sedative that helps you to relax and stay comfortable throughout the surgery.

The length of time needed for the procedure depends on the number of blockages your doctor treats. In most cases, you’ll spend a day in the hospital recovering.

If you’re looking for an expert cardiologist, call Frontenac Cardiovascular Center or schedule a consultation online today.

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