Nonsurgical Cardiac Procedures

Nonsurgical Cardiac Procedures

Nonsurgical cardiac procedures allow our physicians to perform a range of tests and innovative treatment options, helping more patients, including those who are too high risk for surgery. Our team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are the most experienced in the region, offering the latest nonsurgical cardiac procedures and treatments for patients with heart disease. Nonsurgical cardiac procedures provide more treatment options for patients, even those patients who are high risk for complications from open-heart surgery and/or general anesthesia. Nonsurgical procedures are also associated with less pain, a quicker recovery, and better patient outcomes.

In fact, our experts at Cooper University Health Care were the first on the East Coast to implant the early-generation WATCHMAN™ device as part of a pilot study in the early 2000s.

Since its FDA approval in 2015, Cooper was also the first in the region to perform the procedure and has successfully completed the most WATCHMAN implants in the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia region. In 2012, Cooper was also the first in New Jersey to perform a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and was one of few sites in the United States to initially offer this treatment option. Cooper has successfully completed the most TAVR procedures in southern New Jersey. Nonsurgical Cardiac Procedures Offered by Cardiac Partners:
    • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD), and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closures: Septal defects are small holes in the heart, which did not close after birth.  When necessary, a catheter-based procedure with access through the groin is used to close the small hole in the heart.
    • Cardiac Catheterization and Stenting:  This catheter-based procedure is performed with access through the groin, wrist, or arm to detect coronary artery disease and evaluate structures of the heart. Stenting is used to open narrowed and/or blocked coronary arteries, at times requiring an overnight stay in the hospital.
    • Electrophysiology (EP) Testing: EP testing evaluates the heart’s electrical system for damage or abnormality – indicating if a pacemaker, defibrillator, ablation, or surgery is necessary, at times requiring an overnight stay in the hospital.
    • Impella® (Left Ventricle Assist Device or LVAD): This device is used to provide temporary support in patients with weakened heart muscle function, allowing the heart to rest and heal as the device circulates blood to the heart and the rest of the body.
    • Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device (WATCHMAN®): LAAC devices are used for patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib) who are not candidates for long-term blood thinner use. The LAAC device is a catheter-based procedure with access through the groin to close off left atrial appendage (or area of the heart where clots can form), requiring an overnight stay in the hospital.
    • MitraClip®: Performed as a nonsurgical procedure, the MitraClip® device is delivered through a catheter placed in the groin for patients with significant mitral valve disease who are too high-risk for traditional open heart surgery.
    • remede® system: A pacemaker-like, battery-powered device that is placed under the skin in the upper chest area during a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. The device is used to treat patients with central sleep apnea and has two small leads (wires): one that senses breathing, and one that stimulates the respiratory muscles to work when irregular breathing is detected.
    • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): A nonsurgical procedure that delivers an artificial valve through a catheter placed in the groin for patients with significant aortic valve disease who are too high-risk for traditional open-heart surgery.

About Cardiac Partners

Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira is the largest cardiac program in the region, offering an unmatched range of today’s most advanced cardiac care with a network of more than 65 specialists – right here in South Jersey.

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