Interventional Cardiology

Interventional cardiology involves non-surgical procedures that treat coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and congestive heart failure. At MHVI, we offer a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including diagnostic coronary angiograms, intravascular ultrasound, coronary angioplasty and stenting, as well as balloon valvuloplasty and transaortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Our Interventional Cardiology program was created on April 29, 1989, when Dr. Brian Anderson performed our first percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty) at Mercy Hospital. Since then, the program has steadily grown into one of the largest in the Twin Cities area, averaging over 1,000 coronary interventions per year as a group.
 Our team includes six interventional cardiologists with over 75 years of clinical experience. Our goal is to quickly and capably help patients during heart attacks or other cardiac emergencies. In fact, our door to balloon time, which measures the time it takes from the moment a patient arrives at the hospital to the time the heart artery is opened with an angioplasty, is consistently better then the recommended guidelines. 

In addition, MHVI offers treatment for certain congenital heart disorders (i.e. atrial septal defect or patent foramen ovale) by using implantable devices which can circumvent the need for open heart surgery.  We offer transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) for patients with advanced age and severe illnesses who are not candidates for open heart valve surgery.  MHVI remains active in clinical research, delivering the most up to date therapies and devices available.