Sentara is removing clots without open-heart surgery

Sentara Healthcare continues to lead the innovation charge by using a catheter to remove blood clots from the heart. When large blood clots are discovered inside the right atrial chamber of the heart, and clot-dissolving medication fails, the clot can come loose and turn into a life-threatening pulmonary embolism or stroke.

At Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon will work with a cardiothoracic surgeon and cardiologist using a catheter-based device, X-ray, and ultrasound guidance to vacuum the targeted clot out of the heart. This allows our team to safely extract the clot, preventing the patient from having to undergo invasive open-heart surgery.

Clot Vacuum Fast Facts

  • Procedure used only when clot-dissolving medication fails
  • Vacuums blood clots using a catheter-based procedure
  • Only performed in a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room
  • Avoids invasive open-heart surgery
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