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Treating Cardiovascular Disease in DeKalb

The state of the art KishHealth System Cardiac & Vascular Interventional Suite in DeKalb is where our interventional cardiologists do:

  • Angioplasty
  • Pacemaker surgery
  • Coronary stent implant
  • Defibrillator implant

Cardiac Catheterization in DeKalb

When patients come to the ER experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, and other heart attack symptoms, they may need immediate intervention at KishHealth System’s Cardiac and Vascular Interventional Suite.

  • The suite is located at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb.
  • Patients at Valley West are transferred quickly to Kishwaukee Hospital for a cardiac catheterization.

In an emergency, cardiac catheterization is used to open blockages causing the heart attack. A balloon inserted to open the artery so the doctor can place a stent to keep it open. To prevent an emergency, cardiac catheterization can be prescribed to diagnose the extent of coronary artery disease.

Through the Groin

In a traditional cardiac catheterization procedure, a cardiologist uses the femoral artery in the groin as an entry point, and guides the catheter real-time x-ray. However, an alternative approach being used more and more is through the wrist.

Through the Wrist

Did you know that cholesterol doesn’t collect in your arms? That’s one of several reasons why through the wrist and up the arm is becoming a safer method of cardiac catheterization for appropriate patients.

KishHealth System interventional cardiologists perform this alternate approach to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease, called transradial angiography or radial artery catheterization. Using the radial approach, a cardiologist inserts the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist. The radial approach is used to diagnose heart problems or to clear a blocked artery causing heart attack symptoms. The radial artery is a major artery and the source of the pulse in your wrist.

Not everyone is a candidate for radial artery cardiac catheterization. The heart surgeon determines the best approach based on his medical assessment of the patient. Benefits to the radial artery approach to cardiac catheterization include:

  • Reduced bleeding
  • Fewer complications
  • Faster recovery times
  • Most patients sit up and walk immediately after the procedure and are discharged the same day
  • Safer for individuals with obesity and peripheral arterial disease
  • Safer and more comfortable for women who tend to have smaller arteries

Angiography, Angioplasty, Coronary Stenting

  • Angiography requires injection of dye in the arteries via the catheter. The dye allows the arteries to show up on an X-ray.
  • Angioplasty uses a balloon attached to the catheter. The balloon is inflated and deflated to open the artery.
  • Stent deployment is the use of a permanent wire mesh tube inserted into the artery to hold it open.


Pericardiocentesis is used when a patient has fluid around his or her heart, a condition known as cardiac tamponade. Pericardial fluid can be drained with a needle or catheter. 


Electrophysiology is a subspecialty within the field of cardiology that diagnoses and treats irregular heartbeat also called arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm.

Pacemaker Surgery, Defibrillator Implant

  • Pacemakers implanted in the upper chest help the heart maintain a healthy rhythm.
  • Medtronic Surescan technology allows Medtronic pacemaker patients to safely have an MRI.
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) monitors the heart’s electrical activity. If the ICD detects a deadly rhythm, the ICD will attempt to terminate the deadly rhythm by pacing and or shocking the heart back into normal rhythm.

Loop Recorder, Noninvasive Program Stimulation

  • A loop recorder is a small device implanted beneath the skin to document abnormal rhythms in the long term.
  • Noninvasive Program Stimulation (NIPS) evaluates the function of the patient’s ICD.

Cardiac Ablation

  • Treats certain arrhythmias or irregular heart beats
  • Using a catheter, the area of the heart causing the irregular beat is pinpointed and destroyed
  • Scar tissue forms and blocks the irregular heart beat

Interventional Radiology For Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

For appropriate patients, interventional radiology is an alternative to surgery. Radiologists, cardiologists and vascular surgeons use Cardiac & Vascular Interventional Suite for these minimally invasive procedures that address artery blockages and other conditions in the neck, arms, legs and stomach, also referred to as peripheral artery disease (PAD) or peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

These procedures include:

  • Angiogram
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent placement
  • Vena Cava Filter

To learn more about these procedures, visit Radiology. To learn more about interventional radiology options, talk to your physician.

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