Treatments & Procedures

Stanford's Interventional Cardiology clinical services include procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Most patients scheduled for coronary intervention are admitted for same-day procedures.

Stanford Leading-Edge Treatments

Alcohol Septal Ablation

During this procedure, Stanford Hospital & Clinic cardiologists use an ethanol (alcohol) injection to decrease thickened heart muscle that obstructs the outflow of blood from the heart in a condition known as hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure

Involves the use of specialized devices to close a defect in the wall between the upper chambers of the heart. This can relieve ASD-related symptoms such as shortness of breath and palpitations, as well as prevent any future complications related to the ASD.

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure

Involves the use of a specialized device to close a common small tunnel in the heart called a PFO, which has been linked to strokes. This procedure is done to prevent a subsequent stroke. Research into the possible connection between migraine headaches and PFO is continuing.

Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty is a method used to temporarily relieve aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve) by inflating a balloon within the narrowed valve. Because the benefit of this procedure is variable and may only last weeks to months, it is performed only in patients who are not immediate candidates for traditional surgical aortic valve replacement or transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty
Patients who have been diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, high-risk aortic stenosis or certain blockages of the plumonic valve may benefit from balloon valvuloplasty. These valvular obstructions are relieved using highly specialized balloon catheters. A balloon is threaded into the heart through the vein (femoral) in the groin and temporarily expanded across the narrowed valve. The goal of this procedure is to enhance blood flow across the mitral valve.

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