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Vascular Disease Treatment

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Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine and Vascular Surgery

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Interventional cardiovascular medicine involves opening blocked blood vessels with minimally invasive catheter procedures.  

UC San Diego Health specialists regularly perform balloon angioplasty, atherectomy (removing plaque from a blood vessel) and stenting (inserting a mesh tube into a blood vessel) to treat vascular disease and prevent heart attacks and strokes. 

Our board-certified vascular disease team includes imaging specialists, interventional cardiologists, vascular surgeons and endovascular specialists. 

Why Choose Us?

  • We have consistently low "door-to-balloon" times, or the time it takes for a lifesaving procedure during a severe heart attack. Our most recent average time of under 60 minutes beats the national benchmark of 90 minutes.
  • As a STEMI-receiving hospital, our paramedics can consult with us while transporting a patient directly to the cath lab. 
  • We perform the highest volume of catheterization procedures in the county and our patient outcomes place us in the top 2 percent of cardiac cath labs in the country.

Conditions We Treat

Vascular diseases typically result from the hardening and narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure. We treat:


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