Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine and Vascular Surgery
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: