OHSU physicians performed the first angioplasty in the world. Today, we’re still making history in the field of interventional cardiology and continuing our commitment to excellence. Every year, more than 2,000 procedures are performed in our cardiac catheterization lab, where patients receive individualized care in a technologically-advanced facility. During each procedure, a specially trained team of experts use catheters to determine how well blood is flowing through the heart, collect blood samples directly from the heart and correct some heart defects.
In 2011, OHSU became the only hospital in Oregon and one of only a small number of programs in the country to offer percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation – a revolutionary option for treating pulmonary valve conduit failure without open heart surgery by using catheters. Recently, the FDA approved the first transcatheter-based artificial aortic heart valve. OHSU's Dr. Albert Starr explains more about the transcatheter heart valve and the role interventional cardiology will be playing in how we treat structural heart disease.
Services available at the OHSU Interventional Cardiology Clinic
- Cardiac catheterization (including coronary angiography or arteriography)
- Clinical Robotics Laboratory’s Magnetic Navigation - grants cardiologists exceptional control of pacemaker placement; technique exposes patients to less radiation exposure while increasing the effectiveness of future cardiac intervention treatments