Stopping a Heart Attack in Progress
Credentialed heart facilities like Lexington Medical Center can quickly turn a key diagnostic test into a critical interventional heart procedure.
Cardiac catheterization is used to evaluate problems with the heart and blood supply. The test shows how well blood is flowing through the heart and coronary arteries, how much pressure the heart chambers have, the heart’s overall structure and pumping ability. If a blockage is discovered, two ultramodern cath labs support interventional treatment, any time day or night. In many cases, these advanced techniques eliminate the need for surgery altogether.
What to Expect
A cardiac catheterization is the foundation for several critical heart diagnostics. First, a small hollow tube is threaded from a vessel in the groin or arm up into the heart. Once there, the catheter tip can measure the pressure within the heart’s chambers. It also may be advanced into the coronary arteries, where a contrast dye will identify any blockages.
While the procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, some results may call for more drastic measures. Your doctor will determine if you can go home or if you must be hospitalized for treatment of the blockages.
What is interventional radiology?
Interventional radiology includes minimally invasive techniques that can turn simple diagnostic procedures into critical life-saving treatments. Images, like CTs and MRIs, are used to guide small, thin interventional instruments to troubled areas.