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Diagnostic catheterization

Coronary angiogram showing chronic total occlusion of a patient’s proximal left anterior descending artery.

Coronary angiogram immediately following successful stenting of the
occlusion using the reverse controlled antegrade and retrograde tracking (CART) technique. Minneapolis Heart Institute® was the first center in the Upper Midwest to use this novel approach to open chronic total occlusions and it now trains interventional cardiologists at other regional centers in using the technique.

Since performing the first coronary angioplasty in the Twin Cities in 1978, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott Northwestern Hospital has become a regional and nationally recognized leader in coronary therapeutics.

By participating in multiple large clinical trials and performing complex coronary interventional procedures, Minneapolis Heart Institute® has developed innovative programs to treat coronary artery disease, cardiac emergencies and structural and valvular heart disease. Interventional cardiologists are dedicated to advancing new and novel approaches to cardiovascular therapeutics.