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Cardiac Catheterization

We offer a wide variety of heart catheterization and angiography services, which determine the anatomy and function of a patient's heart. These include angioplasty, coronary stents, and balloon valvuloplasty.

Our Procedures Include:

  • Aortic balloon valvuloplasty
  • Atrial septal defect closure (ASD)
  • Carotid stenting
  • Coronary angiography
  • Coronary angioplasty/stenting
  • Coronary thrombectomy
  • Hemodynamic support devices
  • Intra-cardiac echocardiography
  • Mitral balloon valvuloplasty
  • Patent foramen ovale closure (PFO)
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Peripheral vascular angiography
  • Peripheral vascular angioplasty/stenting
  • PICC line insertion
  • Pulmonary yypertension assessment
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Structural heart disease interventions
  • Swan Ganz/Right heart catheterization

University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center physicians began using percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty to open heart valves with a catheter before any other hospital in Iowa. This innovative technique is less invasive and has important advantages over conventional approaches, reduces procedure time, provides great control of valve dilation and shows marked improvement in patient comfort during the procedure.


Instead of open-heart surgery, UI Heart and Vascular Center specialists use this revolutionary 40-minute procedure to repair holes in the heart. Cardiologists thread a miniature folded umbrella device along a catheter up the artery and into the heart where the umbrella is opened to seal the hole. Patients are generally able to return home the next day.

We're also researching new therapies for coronary artery disease, including blood pressure growth factors and localized radiation treatment.

Dual Heart Plug

This specialized technique is used to close holes in the heart. It uses a double guide wire system to place plugs, which look like mesh patches, over holes in the heart. The heart tissue grows over the plugs and seals the leaks.

Impella 5/5.0 Heart Catheter

This catheter offers treatment to critically-ill heart patients. The technology works like a mini-heart pump, taking over the job of sending blood to the rest of the body and allowing the heart to rest. It is best for people who need support during a high-risk procedure, have a weakened heart after a heart attack or surgery, can’t be taken off of a heart-lung machine after heart surgery, or for those who are waiting for a heart transplant or assist device.

Transradial Catheterization

This procedure offers a quicker recovery, with less discomfort and less bleeding risk. It involves inserting a catheter (a thin, flexible cable) into the heart arteries through the wrist instead of the groin and is preferable for patients taking blood thinners, who have back pain, or who can’t lie down for long periods of time.

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