According to data from the Spanish Society of Cardiology, in 2021, more than 235,000 cardiac interventional procedures were performed in Spain (160,000 diagnostic and 75,000 therapeutic), which represents about 3,500 interventions per million inhabitants.

And it is that cardiovascular diseases represent the most important cause of death in our society. Cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, obesity), as well as a family history of heart disease, favor the onset of atherosclerosis, responsible for the onset of myocardial infarction and angina pectoris.

The objective of Interventional Hemodynamics and Cardiology is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the coronary arteries, heart and other arteries (aorta and pulmonary). As explained by Dr. Eduardo Alegría Barrero, head of the Interventional Cardiology Unit at Hospital Ruber Internacional, “we have the most advanced technology to achieve this goal, as well as the latest protocols and minimally invasive percutaneous techniques.”

According to the cardiologist, “the technological advances in image acquisition and the diagnostic tools that the new equipment incorporates make it possible to solve the most complex cardiac pathologies with greater precision and fewer complications. In addition to this technical advantage, the radiation received by the patient and medical staff is significantly lower with the new equipment.”

The new hemodynamics room at Hospital Ruber Internacional has the Philips Azurion 7 biplane angiogram, incorporating the highest technology in angiography, with two X-ray tubes equipped with 20″ and 15″ detectors. It is an innovative system that allows you to perform highly complex treatments and interventions with greater precision and safety.

Cardiac catheterization is the method of choice for diagnosing many heart diseases. “In addition to diagnosis, these catheterization techniques can simultaneously treat a large number of coronary or structural diseases, using various devices (balloons, stents, occluders, prosthetic valves, etc.),” says Dr. Happiness. Catheterizations are performed on an outpatient basis (with observation from 4 to 24 hours) or in hospitals, elective or urgent.

According to Dr. Eduardo Alegría, it is about solving cardiology problems through minimally invasive interventions that repair blocked coronary arteries (coronary stents), resolve valvular diseases (percutaneous implantation of valves) or close birth defects (atrial septal defects).

“In addition, there are other diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that avoid anticoagulation in patients with atrial fibrillation (left atrial appendage closure) or alleviate poorly controlled arterial hypertension (renal denervation),” says Dr. Juan Ruiz García, specialist in interventional cardiology, on Dr. Happiness.

Likewise, technological advances in the area of ​​diagnostic imaging allow for more complete and accurate diagnoses of coronary or valve diseases, in addition to planning the best possible treatment. “With the new interventional room, we have the technology that facilitates the most complex procedures,” says Dr. Rosa Ana Hernández Antolín, structural intervention coordinator. The Interventionist Cardiology Unit serves patients from the Hospital Ruber Internacional, as well as patients referred by national and international specialists.

Specifically, the team at the Interventional Cardiology Unit at Hospital Ruber Internacional has extensive experience in the percutaneous treatment of various cardiovascular diseases (angina pectoris, infarction, valve disease, congenital heart disease, etc.). “We offer the most personalized and highest quality care in the treatment of heart disease, minimizing hospital stays and facilitating early recovery,” says Dr. Eduardo Alegría.

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