Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Some of the most important and intricate heart procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art cath lab at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

The Latest Technology

ICDOur new cath lab accommodates the latest technology. The internal images we are able to produce are crystal clear, aiding diagnosis and treatment.

Our skilled cardiologists treat emergency patients in the midst of a heart attack, as well as short-stay patients coming in for scheduled diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. These include:

  • Angioplasty. By using balloon-tipped catheters inserted through the groin, cardiologists can open arterial blockages, allowing blood to flow freely to the heart. 
  • Stent. Following an angioplasty, the cardiologist may insert a stent, a small mesh tube, into the vessel, dramatically reducing the chance of another blockage.
  • Angiogram. Using catheters with the aid of imaging fluids and X-ray technology, cardiologists can determine where a blockage is located.
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators. These devices, which help keep the heart beating at the right pace and rhythm, are implanted in our electrophysiology or peripheral lab.
  • Cardioversion, ablation and other procedures.
  • Other testing. Our cath lab performs a variety of tests to determines the cause of heart rhythm disturbances.

Patient Safety: Cardiac Catheterization

Radial vs Femoral

Physicians can access the heart through the groin or the wrist and both are extremely safe. Access through the wrist, however, is a bit safer.
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