Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology uses non-surgical methods to treat heart conditions. They are often catheter-based (small tubes inserted into the arteries and guided to the heart) procedures that open blocked arteries to improve blood flow to the heart. TMC offers a wide range of non-surgical, interventional cardiac care services including heart catheterization and electrophysiology performed by cardiologists working as a team with registered nurses and technologists.

Interventional cardiology services include:

  • Diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations: the insertion of a small tube into the heart through the arteries in the arm or groin
  • Angioplasty: the insertion of a device to open blocked arteries
  • Intracoronary stent placement: the placement of a small mesh tube in the artery to increase blood flow
  • Innercoronary ultrasound: a diagnostic imaging procedure that takes place within the arteries and heart

Our Cardiac Catheterization Electrophysiology Suite, commonly called the Cath Lab, is a highly complex, technical area where most cardiac diagnostics and interventional invasive cardiac procedures are performed.

The Cath Lab Suite at TMC consists of five catheterization rooms including a state-of-the-art Stereotaxis Electrophysiology Suite. The Cath Lab is equipped to perform assessment of total heart function including the evaluation of coronary artery disease, electrophysiology/ablation procedures, as well as many other therapeutic procedures.

If you have a visit to the Cath Lab scheduled, please read the general procedure instructions below and watch the video to help ensure that your visit will be short and comfortable and you know what to expect.

Click here for Cath Lab patient instructions



Structural Heart Program

Tucson Medical Center offers a Structural Heart Program that makes us a one-stop institution for patiens with advanced or complex structural heart disease. We provide innovative care with a team of physicians from a range of specialies that work together with the patient to evaluate and come up with the best treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome.

This program focuses on minimally invasive treatments for patients who cannot go through traditional open heart surgery. In addition to an advanced team of specialists, TMC provides access to some of the most advanced technology available.

Structural Heart Program services include:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement- As part of the program, TMC is one of just a few hundred sites in the country to offer this surgery. TAVR is for patients who have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a life-threatening disease that narrows the aortic-valve opening and makes it hard for blood to flow normally to the entire body. Unfortunately, aortic stenosis, which affects an estimated 7 percent of those over age 65, can progress quickly to shortness of breath and heart failure. Patients can undergo surgery to have their valve replaced, but those who are too sick to qualify for the operation had no other options before TAVR was created. This procedure does not require open chest surgery. Instead, physicians place catheters in a patient's groin instead of going through their chest.
  • MitraClip Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair- MitraClip provides an alternative to patients with mitral valve regurgitation who are unable to undergo traditional open heart surgery. For patients, this procedure can be life-changing, improving their overall health, energy, and emotional well-being.
  • Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure- The Watchman device is a small implant that reduces the risk of stroke and blood clots. When patients have atrial fibrillation in the upper chamber of their heart, it causes it to fill with blood. When the blood is not squeezed out through normal pumping, often clots can form putting the patient at risk of stroke. While bloodthinners are the standard treatment to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, the Watchman implant can be used to plug the opening instead.