Cardiology: Catheterization and Interventional Services

We offer a variety of diagnostic and treatment options for our patients.

Our state of the art bi-plane Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories provide patients with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of the cardiovascular system. In our catheterization labs, we perform testing to specifically evaluate and treat problems of the heart, such as blockages in the coronary arteries. Diagnostics results can be evaluated immediately with our colleagues at Mayo Clinic to provide the best care for our patients.

Our new Catheterization Laboratory Suites allow us to perform a wide array of coronary and peripheral diagnostic and interventional procedures. For many of these procedures our physicians can utilize a less invasive approach by accessing the artery in the wrist (transradial catheterization) instead of the groin. This technique has been preferred by many patients and is associated with both a shorter recovery time, earlier mobility and fewer complications.

Electrophysiology services include: state-of-the-art technology with “anytime” management, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillator implantations, and cardiac respiration therapy by local onsite electrophysiology.

FAST-TRACK STEMI program

This program is geared to ensure rapid transfer and timely management of patients with ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). This type of heart attack suggests that a main artery has closed and urgent treatment has been shown to improve survival and minimize heart damage. With one call, outlying area hospitals can activate all transfer arrangements and our dedicated cardiac catheterization staff will immediately respond to ensure that the patient can receive the most efficient and best care possible.

Diagnostic evaluation services include state-of-the-art echocardiography (heart ultrasound), transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), three dimensional imaging, stress testing, CT angiography and cardiac MRI. CT angiography and cardiac MRI are non-invasive tests that are jointly offered by our radiology and cardiology departments. We also offer outstanding cardiac rehabilitation services that provide excellent care to patients recovering from heart surgery, congestive heart failure and cardiac stent procedures.

Our Specialty clinics improve access and management for our patients with heart failure, pre-operative evaluation, and peripheral vascular disease issues. Research and education is an integral part of the cardiology program.

Research and education are integral parts of our cardiology program. Current projects include: several registry studies as well as studies designed to define the best anti-platelet therapy strategies, a cigarette smoking cessation trial and an exciting lipid lowering trial that are showing promising results. [link to research page]

Enhanced External Counter-Pulsation
Enhanced external counter-pulsation (EECP) treatment of refractory angina is available in the Catheterization Laboratory for patients who have severe blockages and who are unable to have bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty. The anticipated benefits of EECP may include increased energy, improved exercise tolerance and disease frequency and severity of chest pain episodes. A treatment course consists of 35 one-hour sessions given during a seven-week period.

EECP is a nonsurgical outpatient treatment that may reduce symptoms of angina, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. EECP is believed to work by improving heart and blood vessel function in a manner similar to that occurring during exercise. Symptoms are improved through the benefits of a more “efficient” heart and blood vessel system. Some research also has suggested that EECP may promote new vessels (coronary collateral circulation) around blocked arteries in the heart, directly increasing the blood circulation to the hearth muscle.

Location:
The Cardiac Catheterization lab is located on the second floor of the Hospital Building (700 West Ave. S.)

Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Appointments:
Please call 608-392-6474.