When excess tissue develops in the septum, the wall separating the heart’s left and right ventricles, this thickening (known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) may impair the heart’s pumping function or impede the outflow of blood. Alcohol septal ablation is used to get rid of some of the excess tissue. Through a catheter, a flexible tube threaded in through the blood vessels, a cardiologist injects a small amount of alcohol into the artery leading to the problem area. This destroys some of the thickened tissue and allows the heart to function more effectively.
Temple has a particular specialty in treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition rarely encountered in general practice. We are also a regional specialist in catheter-based procedures, using a transradial approach (insertion of the catheter through the wrist rather than the leg) that minimizes discomfort and recovery time.