Our experts have special training and years of experience in diagnosing and treating heart disease using minimally invasive techniques.
Instead of opening your chest, they use tiny catheters threaded through your blood vessels to your heart. These types of procedures are called cardiac catheterization. Their advantages over surgery include fewer complications, less pain, and faster recovery time.
We offer procedures you won’t find anywhere else, including the most advanced treatments for heart valve disease and other conditions. And the research that happens here is constantly improving the variety and effectiveness of treatment options available to you.
Expertise and experience unmatched in Iowa
Choosing where to get heart care is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. When you choose the UI Heart and Vascular Center, you’re choosing the largest, most experienced team in the state:
- We perform more interventional cardiology procedures than any other center in Iowa.
- We perform the widest range of minimally invasive procedures, from valve replacement to angioplasty to repairing holes in the heart.
- Smaller medical centers send their most challenging cases to our team. That’s because only highly trained, experienced teams like ours can manage complex cases successfully. If you’ve been told there are no options for treating your heart condition, contact us.
Groundbreaking research that advances the field
UI Heart and Vascular Center interventional cardiologists are experts in patient care. They’re also researchers who are helping to develop and test the next generation of treatments.
Our team—and their patients—participated in these key clinical trials:
- The PARTNER and ACURATE trials that proved the effectiveness and safety of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as an effective treatment for aortic stenosis
- The CLASP trial of transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement
- The CHAMPION-AF trial of the Watchman™ device to reduce the risk of stroke in people with atrial fibrillation (Afib)
- Multiple trials of devices for patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- The PASCAL device for transcatheter mitral valve repair
The interventional cardiology field is constantly evolving, with new technology introduced all the time. Because we’re an academic medical center, you’ll have access to the very latest heart therapies that may not be available at a community hospital.
A team, focused on you
The UI Heart and Vascular Center team works together closely. In addition to interventional cardiologists, your care team will include:
When you come here for treatment, you’ll receive a complete evaluation, including sophisticated testing. After you’re tested, your team meets to make a care plan that’s tailored to your unique needs. They collaborate on putting your plan into action, choosing the treatments that will be most effective for you.
Interventional cardiology tests and treatments:
- Aortic balloon valvuloplasty
- Aortic valve replacement and repair
- Cardiac catheterization
- Carotid stenting
- Coronary angiography
- Coronary thrombectomy
- Intravascular ultrasound
- Left atrial appendage closure (Watchman)
- Mitral balloon valvuloplasty
- Mitral valve replacement and repair
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty)
- Percutaneous ventricular assist device (Impella)
- Peripheral vascular angiography
- Peripheral vascular angioplasty and stenting
- PICC line insertion
- Swan Ganz (right heart) catheterization
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair (MitraClip)
- Transcatheter septal defect repair
- Tricuspid valve replacement and repair
Interventional cardiology conditions treated:
- Acute coronary syndromes
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic valve regurgitation
- Aortic valve stenosis
- Atrial fibrillation (Afib)
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Congenital heart disease
- Coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Heart failure
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Mitral septal defect
- Mitral stenosis
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Mitral valve regurgitation
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO)
- Paravalvular leak
- Peripheral vascular disease (PVD)
- Pulmonary artery stenosis
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Pulmonary regurgitation
- Pulmonary valve stenosis
- Renal artery stenosis
- Renovascular disease
- Structural heart and heart valve disease
- Tricuspid valve regurgitation