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The Interventional Cardiology Centre at La Source accepts patients with basic health insurance.
The Centre of Interventional Cardiology of La Source specialises in coronary angiograms. This examination looks at the arteries that supply the cardiac muscle using a contrasting iodised product and X-rays. The search for narrowing and stenosis is one of the aims of this procedure.
The various activities at the Interventional Cardiology Centre at La Source are listed below:
Angiography is a medical imaging technique dedicated to viewing the state of the coronary arteries that feed the cardiac muscle. Injecting an iodine-based contrasting solution through a catheter inserted either through the femoral artery (groin) or through the radial artery (wrist) enables the visualisation of anatomical aspects and assessment of any anomalies.
Coronary angiography and stenting
In the event of a narrowing of the coronary arteries, two types of interventions are possible, both generally performed following an angiogram. These involve either using a catheter and expanding the narrowed area by means of a balloon, or placing a stent (a small metal spring) to keep the artery open.
Sometimes the position or severity of lesions encountered during the examination prevent treatment from being given immediately in the catheterization laboratory, in which case the patient is referred to a cardiac surgery specialist for specific care.
Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
FFR is a technique that measures the blood flow reserve in the coronary arteries (before and after the lesion) and is designed to confirm whether the observed narrowing is responsible for the cardiac muscle distress.
Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE)
An ultrasound probe is introduced into the oesophagus to produce images of the heart chambers, their movements, valves and blood flow in the cardiac cavities.
Pericardial effusion (accumulation of fluid in the membrane that surrounds the heart) is a critical emergency that is treated using a needle and catheter to remove accumulated fluid preventing the cardiac muscle from functioning correctly.
Fitting a pacemaker or defibrillator
Placed in the chest cavity under the skin during a procedure which takes place in an operating theatre, this device emits an electrical pulse that stimulates the heart to regain its normal rhythm in the event of the slowing of normal cardiac rhythms or other related issues.
Patent foramen ovale closure (PFO) and interatrial communication (IAC)
Treatment of these diseases is possible without resorting to surgery, by inserting a system that closes the communication between the two atria. These interventions often take place under local (PFO) or general (IAC) anaesthetic
Preparing for these tests or interventions as well as the monitoring required during the first hours immediately afterwards takes place in a specific care unit and is performed by a dedicated team of nurses.
Patients can go home either on the same day or the following one, depending on the length of the surveillance period required. Depending on the opinion of the cardiologist, who is seen consistently before your departure, you will be able to go back to your normal daily activities very quickly. The medical team and interventional cardiology nurse will ensure your safety and comfort before, during and after the examination.
In the event of a hospitalisation lasting less than one day (maximum departure before midnight), these services will be paid for by your basic insurance and do not require supplementary insurance.
Deputy Head Nurse
Head Nurse of the Intensive Care and Interventional Cardiology