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Heart Center

Diagnosis & Treatment

Medical Conditions Treated:

Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction blockage of one or more major heart arteries):Any sudden drop in oxygen supply to the heart that results in heart muscle damage or any sudden disruption of heart function, typically resulting from obstruction of a coronary artery and often characterized by severe chest pain.

Coronary Artery Disease: A condition caused by fatty deposits inside the arterial walls that narrow the arteries, which can cause heart attack. A positive family history, hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus, and elevated blood lipids increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Obstruction of large arteries outside the heart or brain, which can result from atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), inflammation leading to narrowed blood vessels, an embolism, or blood clot, causing a lack of blood supply. Often used to refer to atherosclerotic blockages in the lower extremities.

Embolization: A nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure performed by interventional radiologists involving the selective occlusion of blood vessels, in other words deliberately blocking the blood supply to an organ or blood vessel.

Prophylactic Pulmonary Embolism prevention: Prevention of a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has travelled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream (embolism). PE most commonly results from deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis) that breaks off and migrates to the lung.

Deep Vein Thrombosis: The formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in a deep vein, usually in the legs, causing pain, swelling, redness, warmness, and engorged superficial veins (those close to the body's surface).

Stroke: Occurs when a part of the brain dies because it goes without blood for too long. Strokes can happen when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off, because an artery in the brain gets clogged or closes off, or an artery in the brain starts bleeding.

Internal Bleeding: a loss of blood that occurs from the vascular system into a body cavity or space, which can be a serious medical emergency depending on bleeding rate and location of the bleeding (e.g. brain, stomach, lungs). It can potentially cause death and cardiac arrest if proper medical treatment is not received quickly.

Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR): Repair of aneurysms, or thinned and weakened walls of the lower aorta, by inserting a Gortex stent and metal scaffolding inside the artery to relieve pressure of blood flowing past the defective section of the aorta. The incision is made in the groin and the stent is fed through the femoral arteries through the aneurysm.

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At Bozeman Health Cardiac Catheterization Lab, providers can perform diagnostic procedures such as angiograms to determine if there are blockages in the heart, as well as intervention procedures such as coronary angioplasty, stenting and repair of holes between the heart's upper chambers. Since the Cath Lab opened in 2003, our Heart Center team has completed more than 1,500 diagnostic caths, nearly 1,000 interventional procedures and implanted more than 400 pacemakers.

Our specialists provide a number of life-saving and life-improving procedures, many of which, thanks to advanced technology, can be provided via catheters inserted into blood vessels and no longer require surgery. Vascular and radiology procedures offer additional diagnostic and intervention options for patients with blockages outside the heart, as well as procedures for certain cancers. In all, nearly two dozen procedures are now available in Bozeman.