Invasive Cardiology

Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute physicians

Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute’s invasive cardiology program provides a full range of diagnostic and interventional services for patients with various cardiac and vascular diseases.

  • Cardiac Catheterization - Using a thin flexible tube to view the coronary artery anatomy and to assess for structural heart disease (including heart valves and heart function).
  • Coronary (Balloon) Angioplasty and Stent Placement - Opening a narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. Placing a tiny, slotted tube in an artery to act as a scaffold to keep the vessel open.
  • Heart Alert - Unique to Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute is the Heart Alert program, which serves to optimize treatment options for patients presenting with signs and symptoms suggestive of a heart attack.
  • Intravascular Ultrasound - Using sound waves to see inside the heart and blood vessels.
  • Studies - The invasive cardiology program offers patients treatment options for congenital heart disease, utilizing closure devices.
  • Valvuloplasty -Using a balloon to fix narrowed or stenotic heart valves

The interventional staff features academic clinicians, with advanced training and expertise, who are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiac and vascular medicine. Performing inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and interventional studies, the Invasive Cardiology program performs more than 3,000 procedures annually.