Cardiac Catheterization Specialist

Vimal Nanavati, MD -  - Cardiologist

Advanced Heart Care, Inc.

Vimal Nanavati, MD

Cardiologist & Interventional Cardiologist serving National City, El Cajon, and East Lake, CA

For patients in the Chula Vista, Bonita, CA area, Dr. Nanavati offers safe, effective cardiac catheterization procedures to diagnose cardiovascular diseases and perform interventional treatments to reduce the risk of heart attack.

Cardiac Catheterization

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure that can be used to diagnose a wide range of heart and cardiovascular health issues including narrowed arteries. It can also be used to perform some interventional procedures and treatments without the need for major surgery.

How is cardiac catheterization performed?

Cardiac catheterization uses a thin, flexible tube or catheter inserted through a small incision in your groin, arm or neck. The catheter is moved through your artery and dye can be injected through it to enable the doctor to see the way your blood is flowing in and around your heart. The dye can also enable the doctor to determine if any areas of your arteries are blocked or narrowed, interfering with the flow of blood to your heart and placing you at a much greater risk of heart attack. The procedure also allow Dr. Nanavati to assess specific areas of your heart to see if they're functioning properly. Once the catheterization is complete and the catheter is removed, a bandage will be placed over the incision and you'll need to spend a few hours lying still to enable the incision site to clot properly. You'll also have some restrictions on your physical activity following the procedure during the initial stages of healing.

Why is cardiac catheterization performed?

One of the most common reasons for cardiac catheterization is to perform balloon angioplasty and stenting for arteries that have become narrowed by the buildup of a fatty material called plaque. In this procedure, once the catheter reaches the area of the artery that requires treatment, a tiny balloon is deployed and inflated to open the artery. Then, a small metal tube called a stent is put in place to hold the artery open so blood flow can be restored.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

If you do not currently have medical insurance, no problem. If you have a diagnosis of heart disease or you think you may have heart disease, feel free to set up an introductory meeting. We have several heart care packages that allow you to receive continued Heart care with our Board Certified Cardiologist. After an initial evaluation, we can determine which package works best for your specific needs. Call us now. Don't wait for a heart attack!

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