Interventional Cardiology

Dr Raza Abbas

There are several different forms of cardiovascular disease. However, all types involve the narrowing or blockage of the arteries. This is often the result of a process called atherosclerosis, or a build-up of plaque along the walls of arteries.

Atherosclerosis makes your heart work harder and makes it more difficult for blood to flow. If left untreated, the narrowing or blockage of arteries can lead to more serious health conditions, such as heart attack, angina or stroke.

Why Choose The Heart Center of NGMC?

Cardiovascular diseases may be common, but they require specialized treatment and care provided by highly-skilled experts. At The Heart Center of NGMC, we utilize interventional, minimally-invasive techniques to treat the entire spectrum of cardiovascular diseases – from catheter-based imaging to life-saving angioplasty.

Our team of interventional cardiologists utilize the state-of-the-art catheterization labs located at both NGMC Gainesville and NGMC Braselton to perform thousands of interventional procedures each year. Plus, our cardiac catheterization labs boast the latest and most advanced technology available, such as bi-plane flat panel imaging, and our cardiologists utilize the most innovative care techniques, including a radial-first approach, all of which ensures the best possible outcomes.

In the event of a cardiovascular emergency, we are proud to offer patients care at the state’s first Emergency Cardiac Care Center. All four NGMC hospitals have been accredited. This certifies that we have the necessary experts, equipment and processes in place to provide life-saving heart care in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Cardiovascular Diseases We Treat

At The Heart Center of NGMC we have an entire team of interventional cardiologists and specialists that focus on the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including:

Coronary Artery Disease

This is a narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, which are the main blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart. This is caused by a build-up of plaques, or cholesterol and fatty deposits, that clog up the arteries.

Carotid Disease

Similar to coronary artery disease, this is a narrowing or blockage of the carotid arteries, or the main blood vessels that carry blood to your brain.

Peripheral Artery Disease

When fatty deposits or plaques form in the peripheral arteries, or those in that circulate blood to the legs, stomach and arms, this is known as peripheral artery disease. These fatty plaques lead to a narrowing or potentially a blockage in the arteries.

Heart Attack

Also known as a myocardial infarction, this is a serious medical emergency that requires immediate care and treatment. A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage the prevents blood flow to the heart. If left untreated, this can cause permanent damage and become life-threatening.

Learn more about emergency cardiac care.

Interventional Cardiology Services at The Heart Center

The specialty of interventional cardiology utilizes catheter-based approaches to help diagnose and effectively treat cardiovascular diseases. This catheter-based approach involves inserting a thin tube, or catheter, into one of the arteries in the groin, neck or arm and then onto your heart.

Our interventional cardiologists are able to effectively treat blockages, while also ensuring less pain, shorter recovery time and better outcomes with this minimally-invasive technique. Treatments we offer include:

Balloon Angioplasty (also known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty)

Using a specially-designed catheter, a balloon is carefully guided to the narrowed or blocked artery and inflated. This helps to provide a wider opening, which increases blood flow and allows a stent to be easily placed (PCI).

Robotic Angioplasty

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Coronary Stenting

With the use of a catheter, a tiny coil (stent) is guided to the narrowed or blocked artery and is placed there to keep the artery open and improve blood flow.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Utilizing the approach of both a balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting, a PCI uses a specialized catheter that is guided to the blocked or narrowed artery. It then inflates the balloon to widen the artery, before the stent is carefully placed to keep the artery open.

Peripheral Angioplasty

This treatment utilizes a catheter-based approach to guide and place a stent (or tiny coil) into a narrowed or blocked artery in the legs, stomach or arms.


By using a specially-designed catheter, a small tool is used to remove fatty build-up or plaque from the wall of affected arteries and veins.

Pacemaker Insertion

A pacemaker is used to treat and manage an irregular heartbeat, or an arrhythmia. When implanting a pacemaker, an interventional cardiologist will ensure the pacemaker is precisely in place, which involves threading wires in the chest directly to the heart.

Structural Heart Procedures

The Heart Center of NGMC has an impressive and distinguished structural heart program, led by our team of experienced interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons. We offer the most advanced techniques and treatments for diseases affecting the heart’s valves, walls or muscles.

Request an Appointment

Our interventional cardiologists perform all catheter-based procedures and treatments at the NGMC Gainesville and NGMC Braselton Cath Labs. To schedule a specific procedure, you will need a referral.

However, you can request an appointment with an interventional cardiologist or non-invasive cardiologist at any of our convenient locations. Your cardiologist will work with you to determine if an interventional cardiology procedure is needed and will help to coordinate that process for you.

Get started by calling 770-534-2020 or using the form on this page.