Treatment Options

If you are diagnosed with a cardiovascular condition, you have several treatment options available to help mitigate or mend damage to the heart.

One or more of the following procedures and programs may be prescribed for treatment:

  • Medical management (all aspects of cardiac care)
  • Lipid management
  • PTCA (dilation of a coronary artery via a balloon-tipped catheter)
  • Atherectomy (removal of the plaque of cholesterol and fatty deposits narrowing the artery through a special catheter device)
  • Stenting (placement of a tiny metal scaffold into the diseased part of the blood vessel to keep it open)
  • Brachytherapy (uses the latest advances in radiation therapy to prevent re-closing of a diseased artery after stenting)
  • Cardiac rehabilitation/cardiac risk reduction — The cardiac rehabilitation team at St. Francis works with patients who have experienced some type of cardiac event to assist them in regaining their strength, establishing a regular exercise program, understanding their medication and learning about prevention methods.
  • Pacemaker insertion
  • Pacemaker monitoring
  • Smoking cessation