Septal Ablation

When the septum, or wall, dividing the heart’s lower chambers becomes thicker than normal, septal ablation comes into play. The procedure corrects the problem so blood is able to reach the heart easily. This happens by injecting alcohol into the arteries that feed the stepum, thinning the septum and allowing the heart to operate more […]


Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA, or balloon angioplasty) is performed in the cardiac cath lab. PTCA brings blood flow to a healthy level by opening arteries closed by fatty plaque. This occurs in the following steps: An expandable balloon catheter is placed into a narrow coronary artery. The balloon is inflated, compressing plaque against the […]