Procedures that are less invasive than traditional open surgery are considered minimally invasive. Incisions are significantly smaller, sometimes only one-tenth the size used in typical open surgery. Miniature devices or tools such as laparoscopes or endoscopes are inserted through these tiny incisions or body openings to carry out the procedure.
Minimally Invasive Heart Care at Reston Hospital Center
Minimally invasive heart care offered Reston Hospital includes:
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and interventional cardiology – Emergency or elective procedures to quickly open blocked arteries using angioplasty, atherectomy and stents; our average "door-to-balloon time" consistently outperforms the American College of Cardiology's standard of 90 minutes
- Cardiac catheterization – Uses a small tube inserted into a blood vessel in the groin or wrist and X-rays to assess the heart and blood supply. We offer radial access (through the radial artery in the wrist) for some patients. Compared to traditional femoral artery (groin) access, radial access allows patients to resume normal activity immediately after the procedure and reduces the risk of bleeding from the entry site.
- Electrophysiology (EP) – Studies the heart's electrical system to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
- Cardiac assist devices, such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators – Monitor and help maintain heart rhythm
- Ablation – Uses extreme heat, cold or types of targeted radiation to destroy selected heart cells that create irregular heart rhythms
Nationally Recognized Heart Care Close to Home
Reston Hospital Center is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Northern Virginia equipped to perform emergency and nonemergency PCI, including angioplasty and stents, for quick opening of blocked arteries. And when you need a higher level of care, our seamless transfer process brings you to Washington Hospital Center's Heart & Vascular Institute for complex heart surgery and other advanced procedures.