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Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a medical sub-specialty dedicated to using minimally invasive techniques with imaging guidance. A heart catheterization, or “cath” exam, is a special diagnostic x-ray imaging exam that allows your physician to see if any of the coronary arteries have blockages or evaluate patient’s heart valves functionality.

Our lab is equipped with the latest medical technology and available 24-hours a day for emergency services. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. The benefits of catheter-based interventions include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring. These procedures can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels.

Specifically, NWMC uses the Allura Xper FD20 X-ray systems from Philips which exposes patients to less radiation during the actual procedures than many other available systems.

This flexible system can aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of patient conditions and can be used for procedures such as diagnostic catheterizations, stenting, and balloon angioplasty.

  • Right and left heart catheterization
  • Coronary angiogram
  • Left ventriculograms and other angiographies
  • Temporary pacemaker insertion
  • Intravascular Ultrasound
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Thrombolytic therapy
  • Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) such as:
    • Angioplasty
    • Coronary Stenting
    • Atherectomies