Cardiac Cath Lab

cath-labOur state-of-the-art cath lab is designed to help patients get the best diagnosis and care in the shortest time possible. Located just next to our Emergency Center, it is staffed with the best staff and cardiologists.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack remains a leading cause of death in the United States. For patients experiencing a type of heart attack called a STEMIor ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctionquick treatment is vital. The most effective treatment is called Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and involves a trained cardiologist inserting a balloon and a stent into the artery to re-establish the flow of blood. Survival decreases every minute without treatment for patients experiencing a STEMI.

Our cardiac team is standing by 24 hours a day Sunday evening through Thursday evening to provide emergency PCI for patients having a heart attack. We have developed coordinated systems with EMS for every day of the week and are working toward a plan for 24/7 emergency PCI.

Diagnostic Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization gives your healthcare providers detailed information about your heart. It involves inserting a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel and threading it to the heart. Through the catheter, doctors can do diagnostic tests inside the heart itself to see how well your heart is pumping, inspect the arteries that feed your heart, and examine your heart valves.

Vascular Catheterization
When plaque builds up on the walls of your arteries, blood flow to your extremities can become blocked. We can open that blockage in our cath lab. To do this a catheter is inserted into an artery in your groin, wrist or elbow and threaded through your blood vessels to the area that is blocked. A little balloon on the end of the catheter is inflated, which restores blood flow and often allows for the placement of a stent, a tiny mesh tube that helps keep the artery open.