Procedures

Cardiac Catheterization/Coronary Angiogram
Types of Angioplasties
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
Cardioversion
Pacemakers
Defibrillator
Radial and Femoral Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
Left Heart Cath
Right Heart Cath
Coronary Angioplasty and Coronary Stenting.
Coronary Atherectomy
Coronary Artery Laser Atherectomy.
Cardiac Imaging
Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
Cardiac Echo
Cardiac Monitor/Event Monitor.
Cardiac CT
Cardioversion, Elective
Cardioverter-Defibrillator
Carotid Artery Stent Placement
Coronary Angioplasty and Rotational Atherectomy
Intracardiac Monitor Implantation
Intracardiac Echo
Intravascular Ultrasound
Peripheral Artery Catheterization/Renal artery Catheterization
Peripheral Artery Angioplasty and Stenting
Peripheral Artery Laser and Orbital Rotational Atherectomy
Percutaneous Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
Percutaneous Aortic Valvoplasty
Percutaneous ASD/PFO Closure
Percutaneous Alcohol Septal Ablation
Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Surface Vascular Ultrasound Venogram
Venous Angioplasty and Stenting
Venous Ablation

Diseases

Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
Aortic Aneurysm
Aortic Ectasia
Aortic Valve Disease
Arrhythmias (incl. Atrial Fibrillation)
Cardiomegaly
Cardiomyopathy
Carotid Artery Disease
Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
Congenital Heart Disease
Congestive Heart Failure
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Edema (leg swelling)
Endocarditis
Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
Hyperlipidemia
Hypertension
Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
Hypertensive Heart Disease
Hypotension
Mitral Valve Disease
Palpitation
Peripheral Artery Disease
Pericardial Disease
Pulmonary Hypertension
Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
Septal Defect
Syncope
Tachycardias
Tricuspid Valve disease
Varicose Veins
Venous Disease

Dr Saad Alsaab works together with each patient and referring physicians to diagnose and treat disorders of the heart. His patients describe symptoms and he discusses his findings with the primary care physician, he also uses a variety of diagnostic techniques and tools to help determine an accurate diagnosis. Then, with the help of the patient, a treatment plan is developed. His goal is to treat each patient as an individual, working as a team to help improve the patient’s quality of life.
The following are some of the more common treatments that are routinely performed by Dr Alsaab either at his office or in the hospital.

CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION/CORONARY ANGIOGRAM

An invasive imaging procedure that involves inserting a catheter into a blood vessel in the arm or leg, and guiding it to your heart with the aid of a special x-ray machine. Contrast dye is injected through the catheter so that x-ray movies of your valves, coronary arteries and heart chambers are taken.
Your doctor uses cardiac catheterization to:

• evaluate or confirm the presence of heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, valve disease or disease of the aorta)
• evaluate heart muscle function
• determine the need for further treatment (angioplasty or bypass surgery)
The x-ray camera is used to take photographs of the arteries and heart chambers. When all the photos have been taken, the catheter is removed.
The cardiac catheterization procedure only takes about 30 minutes but requires several hours from the preparation through the recovery time.

Peripheral Angiogram

A peripheral angiogram is a test that uses X-rays and dye to help your doctor find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to your legs (View an animation of an angiogram). The test is also called a peripheral arteriogram.

TEE

During echo, a device called a transducer is used to send sound waves (called ultrasound) to the heart. As the ultrasound waves bounce off the structures of the heart, a computer in the echo machine converts them into pictures on a screen.

TEE involves a flexible tube (probe) with a transducer at its tip. Your doctor will guide the probe down your throat and into your esophagus (the passage leading from your mouth to your stomach). This approach allows your doctor to get more detailed pictures of your heart because the esophagus is directly behind the heart.

Cardioversion

Cardioversion is most often done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. Occasionally, your doctor may perform cardioversion using only medications to restore your heart’s rhythm.

Cardioversion is usually a scheduled procedure that’s performed in a hospital, and you should be able to go home the same day as your procedure. For most people, cardioversion quickly restores a normal heart rhythm.

Pacemaker

A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.

Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs). Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

A heartbeat that’s too fast is called tachycardia (TAK-ih-KAR-de-ah). A heartbeat that’s too slow is called bradycardia (bray-de-KAR-de-ah).

During an arrhythmia, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body. This can cause symptoms such as fatigue (tiredness), shortness of breath, or fainting. Severe arrhythmias can damage the body’s vital organs and may even cause loss of consciousness or death.

A pacemaker can relieve some arrhythmia symptoms, such as fatigue and fainting. A pacemaker also can help a person who has abnormal heart rhythms resume a more active lifestyle.

Defibrillator

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small device that’s placed in the chest or abdomen. Doctors use the device to help treat irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs).

An ICD uses electrical pulses or shocks to help control life-threatening arrhythmias, especially those that can cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating. If the heart stops beating, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it’s not treated within minutes.