Interventional Cardiology

OHSU physicians performed the first angioplasty in the world. Today, we’re still making history in the field of interventional cardiology, continuing our commitment to excellence in catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases. For appointments, call 503 494-1775.

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Interverventional Cardiology

Angioplasty invented at OHSU

In 1964, OHSU's Dr. Charles T. Dotter performed the world's first percutaneous transuminal angioplasty, a procedure in which a catheter was used to open a blocked artery. Virtually overnight, the field of interventional radiology was born.

Read about the 50th anniversary of angioplasty

Experience and innovation

Today, more than 2,000 procedures are performed every year 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 fact, OHSU is the only hospital in Oregon to offer every form of percutaneous intervention to treat heart valve disease.

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I have heart valve disease. Will I need surgery? 

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Patient story - Jim

Jim's OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Care StoryAbout a year ago, I suffered a heart attack - 99 percent of my lateral descending artery was blocked. I was taken to a local hospital, where I received a stent that saved my life. But afterwards I continued to suffer heart pain. I was referred to Dr. Joaquin Cigarroa at OHSU.

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