Cardiac Cath Lab Procedures

  • Cardiac Implant Closure Device: The percutaneous closure of a patent foramen ovale (opening between the chambers of the heart) is performed using a special closure device attached to a catheter.
  • Cardiac Stent: A small wire mesh tube (stent) is inserted into a blocked artery to restore blood flow to the heart muscle.
  • Cardioversion: A procedure to convert irregular heart rhythms to normal rhythms through use of a well-controlled and perfectly timed electrical shock to the chest wall.
  • Catheter Ablation: Tiny groups of heart cells causing abnormal rhythm are located and mapped via a catheter placed in the heart. A signal is sent along the catheter to silence the cells causing abnormal rhythm.
  • Coronary Arteriogram: An x-ray examination of the coronary arteries. A catheter is placed into the coronary arteries to assess the arteries and the pumping chambers of the heart.
  • Electrophysiology Evaluation: A study used to access the origin of cardiac rhythm disturbances. Small catheters are placed into the heart via the femoral or brachial artery and are used to test the heart’s electrical system. The patient’s abnormal heartbeat can be induced for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Electrophysiology Syncope Study: A study used to diagnose the cause of fainting spells. While monitoring the EKG and blood pressure, the patient’s bed is tilted from a flat to upright position. Once the individual’s responses are documented, treatment can begin to prevent recurrent episodes.
  • Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator Implant: A small device implanted in the chest that can act as a pacemaker or can generate a mild shock to restore normal heart rhythm when needed.
  • Pacemaker Implant: A tiny device implanted in the chest to electronically prompt the heart to beat in rhythm. Implantable Event recorder: A tiny recorder is implanted beneath the chest wall to provide up to 14-months of monitoring for cardiac rhythm disturbances.
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Catheter Angioplasty: The use of a balloon catheter placed in the coronary artery to open a blockage of the artery.
  • Rotoblation: The use of a diamond tipped burr (Rotoblator) to cut through a blockage in an artery.

Recovering From Angioplasty