Heart & Vascular Center

Phone Numbers

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center

Cardiology
(803) 744-4900
Surgery
(803) 936-7095

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Main Campus
(803) 791-2621
LMC Lexington
(803) 358-6180
LMC Irmo
(803) 732-5388

Restoring Blood Flow

Experts in Restoring Blood Flow

(803) 744-4900

"We were astounded at the level of care at Lexington Medical Center."

— Alan, Heart & Vascular Center Patient

Conditions Treated & Prevented

Blockage removal techniques treat arteries that have become clogged due to plaque buildup.

  • Heart Attack
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Disease

Treatments for Restoring Blood Flow

Your treatment method will depend on the makeup of your blockage, the size of your blood vessels, the location of the blockage and your health history.

Angioplasty

Also called a PCI when performed in the heart, this procedure uses X-ray imaging and a small balloon attached to a thin tube to widen your artery and improve blood flow.

Minimally Invasive Access

Angiography can usually be done using an artery in your wrist instead of your femoral artery, which is associated with less bleeding, fewer complications and a quicker recovery.

What to Expect

Your doctor will identify the blockage then widen the blocked artery using a small balloon attached to a thin tube, improving your blood flow.

Recovery

Most patients will go home the day of the procedure for treatments performed outside the heart. Treatments performed in the heart are minimally invasive, but require patients to stay in the hospital for a day or two before returning home.

Stent Placement

The decision about whether to use a stent will be made during your angioplasty, depending on the condition of the blocked artery.

What to Expect

Your doctor will insert a small wire mesh known as a stent to help stabilize your artery walls.

Recovery

Most patients will go home the day of the procedure for treatments performed outside the heart. Treatments performed in the heart are minimally invasive but require patients to stay in the hospital for a day or two before returning home.

High-Risk Patients

Patients with significant disease who are unsuitable for surgery can instead be treated using a stenting technique called complex high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

Rotational Atherectomy

What to Expect

Your doctor will use a small tube with a controlled, spinning tip to break up hard plaque and remove your blockage.

Recovery

Most patients will go home the day of the procedure for treatments performed outside the heart. Treatments performed in the heart are minimally invasive, but require patients to stay in the hospital for a day or two before returning home.

Thombolysis

What to Expect

Your doctor will give you medicine in your artery to break up clots and restore blood flow.

Recovery

You will need to stay in the hospital under your blood flow is restored, which can take several days.

Advanced Technology

State-of-the-Art Cardiac Catheterization Suites

Four suites support our intricate diagnostic and minimally invasive intervention procedures.

What is it?

  • Checks the pressure within the heart's chambers.
  • Can make further treatment unnecessary.
  • Informs further treatment options, if needed.

What are the benefits?

  • Can enlarge blood vessels to restore blood flow.
  • Treatment can begin immediately if a blockage is discovered.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

A light-based therapy that measures coronary arteries from inside the vessel for angiography.

What is it?

  • 2D and 3D optical ultrasound
  • Uses infrared light

What are the benefits?

  • Offers up to 10x the resolution of a traditional ultrasound
  • Instant, direct imaging