If you're having chest pain and suspect a blocked artery, you want to be treated as quickly as possible. That's where the experts in interventional cardiology at Maui Health come in. Their expertise in this specialty is unsurpassed in the state.
Interventional cardiologists specialize in the treatment of coronary artery blockages and certain types of heart valve problems. They use specialized devices (catheters) that are advanced through blood vessels under x-ray guidance, which helps some patients avoid open-heart surgery.
In addition to providing planned procedures, we also treat emergency situations like heart attacks.
Using catheters to clear arteries
Cardiac catheterization includes procedures that evaluate blockages of the coronary arteries. Our specially equipped rooms contain state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment and are staffed by highly trained and experienced nurses and technicians who assist the interventional cardiologist.
To open a blocked artery, for example, after local anesthesia is administered, a thin tube (catheter) is threaded painlessly through an artery in the wrist or groin and into the coronary arteries. On the tip of the catheter is a deflated balloon. When the catheter reaches the blockage, the balloon is inflated, pushing the blockage against the arterial wall. This reopens the artery, allowing blood to once again flow to the heart.
Sometimes an expandable metal mesh tube called a stent is placed at the site of the blockage to prevent the artery from closing again. This entire procedure is called an angioplasty, or an angioplasty with stenting.
Heart care close to home
We offer most of the same services you'd find on Oahu, so there's no reason to travel off Maui for treatment. All of our surgeons and cardiologists work together as one heart team to help patients through their surgery/procedures and healing. Our specialists work together to diagnose and treat conditions in a compassionate, patient-centered, evidence-based manner.
To make an appointment with a heart specialist, call the Maui Memorial Medical Center Outpatient Clinic at 808.442.5700.