Marina del Rey Hospital’s teams of doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other specialists have many years of combined experience in performing revascularization. It is indicated to undergo these life-saving procedures in a highly specialized hospital like Marina del Rey Hospital.
A patient needs revascularization treatment when blood flow is cut off to the heart itself as a result of coronary artery disease. "Revascularization" means "restoration of blood flow", and revascularization treatment will restore blood flow to the heart muscle again. There are specific procedures for revascularization treatment.
As for any surgical procedures there are certain risks that could occur, like the following:
Risks occurrence is increased by:
There are two main kinds of revascularization treatments:
Description of a bypass procedure, under general anesthesia:
In an angioplasty procedure, also under general anesthesia, the surgeon goes into the blocked artery and opens it back up so blood can flow freely again:
The heart provides blood to the rest of the body, but it also needs blood to function itself. Fortunately, the body has arteries dedicated to making sure the heart muscle gets the blood it needs to keep on pumping.
However, these arteries can stiffen or become full of plaque (atherosclerosis), making it more difficult for blood to pass through. Atherosclerosis of coronary arteries is known as coronary heart disease. If the heart muscle does not get enough blood, it can lead to problems including the death of muscle tissue resulting in a weaker heart that may stop altogether.
Chances of getting coronary heart disease increase with:
Angioplasty may reduce symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath. The procedure could be used under emergency conditions in order to reduce the damage caused by a blocked artery.
Coronary artery bypass surgery is indicated in cases of narrow arteries, multiple blocked arteries and a weak heart muscle. It is also performed in cases of previous angioplasty and re-narrowing of the arteries. The procedure could also be performed in an emergency situation.