Every year, interventional cardiologists from University of Minnesota Physicians Heart diagnose and treat thousands of people with coronary artery disease from throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Cardiologists use techniques such as angioplasty and stenting to open blocked arteries and restore blood flow to the heart without open heart surgery.
Our program was one of the first in the nation, in 1986, to use angioplasty to rapidly reopen heart arteries in patients having heart attacks. This procedure has since become standard therapy for heart attacks around the world.
Interventional cardiology services are offered at three Twin Cities locations – University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Ridges Hospital. All three locations provide emergency care for people with heart attacks designed to save lives and reduce heart damage by minimizing the time it take to open blocked arteries. University of Minnesota and Southdale have been nationally recognized for the speed at which they open blocked arteries.