Cardiac Interventions Specialist

Vimal Nanavati, MD -  - Cardiologist

Advanced Heart Care, Inc.

Vimal Nanavati, MD

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

Dr. Nanavati uses safe, effective cardiac interventions to diagnose issues affecting heart health, including valve disease and atherosclerosis, so patients in the Chula Vista, Bonita, CA, area can enjoy optimal cardiovascular health.

Cardiac Interventions

What is cardiac intervention?

Cardiac interventions are procedures that are used to help treat heart disease, prevent its progression or reduce the risk of damage to the heart. Procedures are performed through a catheter, a thin, flexible tube that can be inserted into an artery through a small incision, usually in the groin or the arm. Catheters contain tiny cameras that can enable the doctor to diagnose and treat issues using specially designed instruments that fit through the catheter opening. One goal of intervention is to prevent the need for more substantial surgery later on and, of course, to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

What does interventional cardiology treat?

Interventional cardiologists treat problems with the heart valves and the arteries that provide the heart with blood, including:

  • coronary artery disease caused by narrowing of the arteries to the heart, a condition called atherosclerosis or “hardening” of the arteries

  • heart valve diseases including valve stenosis and mitral valve regurgitation

  • peripheral vascular disease (also called peripheral arterial disease or PAD), which restricts the flow of blood to other areas of your body, usually your legs and feet

What symptoms might indicate the need for an interventional procedure?

Valve and artery problems can cause symptoms like:

  • chest pain (angina)

  • nausea

  • profuse sweating

  • weakness

  • shortness of breath

  • swelling in the ankles or lower legs

  • pain in the legs, toes or feet

  • fatigue

  • dizziness

  • fainting

How can cardiac catheterization be used to diagnose these diseases?

Cardiac catheterization can enable Dr. Nanavati to identify the location and size of arterial blockages, evaluate the strength of the heart and assess the function of the heart valves. Once the catheter is in place, it can be used to measure blood pressure or to inject special dyes that can help Dr. Nanavati see the way blood is flowing in and around your heart.

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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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