Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Our Cardiac Cath Lab operates 24/7, performing diagnostic procedures to determine the extent of disease in the vascular system. If narrowed blood vessels are diagnosed or if other diagnostic tests are inconclusive, cardiac catheterization might be necessary.

Treatment Procedures and Devices Explained

Cardiac Catheterization
After local anesthesia is injected into the skin to numb the area, a long, thin tube, or catheter, is inserted through an artery or vein in the leg or arm, and then into the heart, allowing the physician access to the heart to perform procedures.

An AngioJet is a device used to remove blood clots and improve blood flow to your heart.

Cardiac Stenting (Angioplasty)
Using an inflated balloon catheter, the surgeon permanently implants a stainless steel coil, or stent, into a weakened or narrow artery to support the artery walls.

Pacemaker Implantation
Pacemaker implantation surgery is a surgical procedure where a pacemaker is placed under the skin in the chest to control the heart rate and rhythm. Pacemaker surgery is recommended for people with bradyarrhythmias (slow heartbeats) and/or heart failure.

Rotational Atherectomy (Rotablator)
A rotablator is a high-speed, rotating, diamond-tipped burr that pulverizes hard, calcified plaque in coronary arteries.

Varicose Vein Ablation
Varicose vein ablation is a minimally invasive procedure where doctors use heat (radiofrequency energy) to treat varicose veins. The heat damages the wall of the vein and scar tissue forms to close the vein.

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.