Interventional cardiology uses invasive diagnostic tools and treats diseases
affecting the blood vessels. Memorial offers advanced options for cardiovascular
and peripheral vascular diseases. Our catheterization (cath) lab team
includes board certified, interventional cardiologists, experienced cardiac
registered nurses and radiology technologists. As a result of the tremendous
growth of our heart services, Memorial has expanded its catheterization
program with the most recent addition of a third cath lab. Some of the
cath lab procedures performed include:
Cardiac and Peripheral Catheterization - A form of diagnostic testing in which a hollow tube is inserted into
a blood vessel to determine if any cardiovascular disease is present.
Cardiac and Peripheral Angiography – A type of x-ray diagnostic test that examines the blood vessels
to look for blockages or narrowing.
Coronary Angioplasty- A treatment for blockage in which a small narrow balloon is inserted
into the blood vessel and inflated, which clears an opening for blood
to flow more freely. The balloon is then deflated and removed.
Cardiac Stents – A stent is a small mesh tube placed within the blocked area of
the artery and, using the same techniques as angioplasty, expanded with
the use of a balloon. The stent remains in place to keep the artery open
even after the balloon is removed. Some stents now contain special medications
that they release over time to help prevent blockages from reforming.
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