Cath Lab

Cath Lab Procedures

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The cardiovascular catheterization lab offers cutting edge technology delivered with compassion.  Our committed physicians and staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a years for the emergent cardiovascular patient.  In our nine bed CSPA (Cardiovascular Special Procedure Area), patients are prepared for procedures in a comfortable setting.  Families are able to wait in our beautifully inviting waiting room.   Most of our patients are able to arrive, receive treatment, and safely return home the same day.  We provide the highest quality rhythm management devices and defibrillators, along with minimally invasive implantable cardiac loop recorders.  Our cardiologists perform coronary angiograms, angioplasties, orbital athrectomy, and stenting for coronary artery disease.  In addition, we utilize the Impella device, the world’s smallest heart pump.  The Impella helps support the patient during high risk coronary stenting, when the heart is too weak to do the work itself.

  • Coronary angiograms
  • Peripheral angiograms
  • Stent placements (cardiac and peripheral)- including drug-eluting stents
  • Defibrillator, pacemaker, and cardiac loop recorder placement
  • Venous and arterial thrombectomy
  • Coronary athrectomy
  • Peripheral rotational and excisional  athrectomy
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Cardioversions
  • Transesophogeal echocardiograms
  • Peripheral interventions with drug-eluting balloons
  • Impella supported coronary interventions for high risk patients
  • Inferior vena cava filter

Definitions

Peripheral: X-ray pictures of arteries outside of the heart, such as abdomen, kidneys, arms, legs, and feet

Drug-eluting stents: a stent that slowly releases a drug to inhibit tissue growth that could otherwise block the stent

Defibrillator: a surgically implanted device to treat life-threatening heartbeat irregularities

Pacemaker: a surgically implanted device that produces electrical impulses to regulate the heart rhythm or to reproduce that rhythm

Cardiac loop recorder: a small device slightly larger than a matchstick that is implanted just under the skin of the chest to record the heart’s electrical activity

Thrombectomy: a minimally invasive procedure to remove clot from a blood vessel

Athrectomy: a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked arteries by sanding or shaving away plaque

Rotational athrectomy: athrectomy procedure that rotates in an orbital fashion to sand away plaque in a blocked artery

Excisional athrectomy: athrectomy procedure that cuts and removes plaque from a blocked artery

Drug-eluting balloons: a balloon that releases a drug to inhibit tissue growth that could otherwise block an artery

Impella: Impella is currently the world’s smallest heart pump.  It maintains blood flow during cardiac procedures when the heart is too weak to do it itself.