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At Palmetto General Hospital, we provide resources that can help you navigate your heart journey. We’re here for you and are ready to help you connect with the doctors and health professionals who can provide the high-quality, safe care you deserve.
Types of testing procedures offered at Palmetto General Hospital include
30-Day Event Recorders
4-Hour Holter Monitors
Arterial Vascular Study Lower Extremity
Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan
Dobutamine Stress Test with Echocardiography Imaging or Nuclear Imaging
Exercise Stress Test
Lexiscan Stress Test
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
We provide comprehensive services for all types of cardiovascular conditions, from the less invasive technology of catheter-based intervention to traditional surgery.
Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery
Minimally invasive surgical procedures allow doctors to replace or repair heart valves using smaller incisions. These surgeries include the following:
Laparoscopy requires two- to three-inch incisions in the side of the chest between the ribs. Special instruments, including one with a fiber optic camera, are inserted through these incisions, allowing the doctor to work on the heart.
Robotic surgery requires between two and four incisions that are no more than three-quarters of an inch long. The surgeon uses a computer-controlled robot to manipulate the surgical instruments.
Endoscopic or keyhole surgery uses one to four incisions in your chest for the instruments to be inserted.
A heart-lung machine may not be needed for minimally invasive surgery. Instead, your doctor will use medications or a mechanical device to slow your heart rate enough for the surgery.
These two types of valves are primarily used for replacements:
Mechanical valves are manufactured using cloth, metal or ceramic materials. A mechanical valve will last longer than a biological valve, but you will need to take blood thinners for the rest of your life.
Biologic valves may be of human or animal origin. Typically, these valves last about 15 years, but generally don’t require blood thinners to be taken for life.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a nonsurgical procedure that can treat patients with aortic stenosis, a common problem caused by a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve due to excessive calcium deposited on the valve leaflets. When the valve narrows, it does not open or close properly making the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body.
WATCHMAN™ is a permanent implant that offers an alternative to the lifelong use of blood thinners. It’s about the size of a quarter and made from very light and compact materials commonly used in many other medical implants.
Artificial Heart Valve Surgery
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
Peripheral Vascular Surgery
Cardiac Cath Lab
Not all heart problems require open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization may be more appropriate for your condition. In the Cath Lab, we can diagnose and treat a whole host of issues.
The Vascular Institute
The Vascular Institute excels at performing complex surgeries for vascular emergencies. But we also offer regular screenings to help identify vascular issues before they become more serious.
Our board-certified physicians are specially trained to perform valve procedures designed to repair or replace the aortic valve.
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