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Kern Cardiology Medical Group Medical-Since 1978

Outpatient Procedures

This page is designed for information and education only. If you are having heart problems, please call our office to make an appointment. If you are interested in learning more about each procedure, please click on the procedure name. Our doctors are the experts in performing all the procedures listed below. 

Angiography (Total body): A thin and flexible tube or catheter is inserted into the blood vessel of the arm or leg and guided to the heart or any other part (e. g. Coronary, Carotid, Intracranial, kidneys, & Entire peripheral vascular system) with the use of x-ray. Contrast or "dye" is injected to help diagnose heart disease.

Carotid Stent Angioplasty : A thin catheter is guided to a coronary artery blockage. A small balloon at its tip is then inflated and deflated to open up the coronary artery blockage. The balloon catheter is then removed.

Drug Eluted Stent Angioplasty: The stent is coated with a medicine to reduce the chance of a coronary artery blockage from returning in the same area.

Laser Angioplasty : Similar to angioplasty except that the catheter has a laser tip that opens the blocked artery. Pulsating beams of light vaporize the plaque buildup.

Complex Angioplasty: Our doctors are well-known for performing the most complicated cases.

Peripheral Angiography & Intervention: Are procedures to take pictures or open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that supply blood to your arms, legs, knees, hips, & pelvis, . Fatty deposits can build up inside the arteries and block blood flow.

Pacemaker Implantation, programming, and troubleshooting: A pacemaker is a small battery-operated device that helps your heart beat in a regular rhythm. It does this with a small electric stimulation that helps your heart to beat regularly. Your doctor puts the pacemaker under the skin on your chest, just under your collarbone. It’s hooked up to your heart with tiny wires.

AICD implantation, programming, and troubleshooting :
 An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) uses batteries to send electric signals to a heart that's beating too slow, same as a pacemaker. It can also deliver an electric shock to help restore a normal heartbeat to a heart that's beating chaotically and much too fast.

Bi-ventricular Pacing Implantation, programming, and troubleshooting :
The device is similar to ICD but 2 leads must be placed in the heart ventricular chambers. The procedure is very complex and takes more time and effort.

Tilt Table: The test is used to diagnose a specific cause of syncope or black out spells that is known as Neurally Mediated Syncope or NMS.

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