Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Research Medical Center is prepared to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease before, during or after your heart has been affected by blockages in the arteries in our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories. Our cardiologists and staff are skilled at a variety of advanced technologies that can be used during cardiac catheterization. Our cardiologists will choose the treatment that is right for you. Because every person is different, we can deliver all of the promising technologies within the catheter lab including:
- Intravascular Coronary Ultrasound – allows the cardiologist to examine the characteristics inside the heart artery walls in order to diagnose and treat blockages.
- Stent Placement – improved technology of stent devices in recent years has made this procedure the treatment of choice for many patients with narrowed arteries that deliver blood supply to the heart muscle. A small metal coil is placed in a narrowed artery to hold it open, which helps improve blood flow to your heart. The newest generation of stents release medication over a period of time to slow the rate of renarrowing within the artery.
- Coronary Atherectomy – Occasionally the artery will be narrowed due to hardened plaque buildup causing reduced blood flow to the heart. This procedure uses a high precision burr device to shave the plaque from the inner artery wall.
- Balloon Angioplasty/PCI
Other technologies available to diagnose coronary artery disease include:
- Cardiac nuclear medicine
- CT (coronary angiography)
- Cardiac Ultrasound