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Interventional Cardiology

man and child with a kiteAlvarado Hospital has been providing the highest quality heart care since 1972. Our specialists — which includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons and others — are dedicated to providing our patients with all the medical options. Some patients may not require surgery, instead benefiting from a combination of medication, diet and lifestyle changes. Others may require coronary angioplasty or placement of intracoronary stents. Our specialists will discuss your options to help you determine your best course for treatment.

Cardiac Cath Lab and Interventional Unit

Alvarado Hospital's cardiac catherization labs feature the latest technology for treating cardiovascular disease. In addition, Alvarado Hospital is participating in clinical research protocols for the evaluation of next-generation technology and investigational devices.

Advanced interventional techniques are available for:

  • Congenital heart problems, such as atrial septal defect, which is associated with migraines and unexplained strokes
  • Transcatheter valve therapies for the repair or replacement of heart valves
  • Electrophysiology correction of abnormal heart rhythms through ablation, pacemakers or implantable defibrillators
  • Endovascular procedures providing treatment for aortic aneurysms and peripheral vascular disease, including carotid, renal artery and peripheral arterial (leg) stents

Alvarado provides patients with an array of treatment options:

  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary stent placement (including drug-eluting stents)
  • Cardioverter defibrillator implantation
  • Electrophysiology and cardiac ablation therapy
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Laser pacemaker lead extraction (more than any other hospital in San Diego)
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Percutaneous closure of congenital heart defects, such as patent foramen ovale (PFO), which is a defect in the septum (wall) between the two upper (atrial) chambers of the heart

Alvarado Advantage Club

Alvarado Hospital invites you to join our free Advantage Club. Members receive priority hospital parking and private room (when available), complimentary newspaper delivered daily if hospitalized, daily visits from our Patient Experience coordinator, 10% discount at the Alvarado Cafe and Gift Shop, plus, hotel discounts, first notice of special events and much more! To sign up, click here, call 800-258-2723 or pick up a membership packet at Alvarado Hospital.

Find a Specialist

To find a cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon, cardiothoracic surgeon or other specialist nearby, visit our Physician Finder or call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723).