Did You Know?
The Cath Lab at Hunt Regional Medical Center has performed more than 175 procedures from June 15-September 15, 2017 eliminating the need for long trips to Dallas for patients and their families. It has been estimated that approximately 50 patients per month were transferred to Dallas area facilities for cardiovascular related illnesses prior to the opening of the Cath Lab.
Hunt Regional's cardiac catheterization lab provides:
• Diagnostic testing
• Interventional heart procedures
These catheterization services are available to patients who need advanced cardiac evaluation and care – close to home. In fact, our Cardiac Services Center offers 24/7 coverage. This is so we can provide timely care to patients experiencing a cardiac event.
Additionally, our outpatient services allow patients to schedule diagnostic procedures without a hospital stay.
What Does Cardiac Catheterization Do?
This proactive type of evaluation and care may help address the progression of cardiovascular disease. Specifically, cardiac catheterization diagnoses problems with blood flow and pressure as well as valve function. It does this by mapping out the inside of a heart’s arteries to look for blockages.
Hunt Regional’s state-of-the-art imaging machine with a speed of 30–60 frames per second performs the advanced diagnostic imaging. The machine can produce images of the five major vessels of the heart, the peripheral arteries, and the extremities.
Test results allow the cardiac physician to develop an appropriate treatment plan. This plan may include bypass surgery, medication modification or angioplasty.
When is Cardiac Catheterization Needed?
Catheterization may be ordered if a screening examination, such as an electrocardiogram, points to the likelihood of an underlying heart condition that needs further evaluation. A doctor also may order a cath lab procedure to evaluate blood flow to the heart when pain occurs after a patient:
• Experiences a heart attack
• Has bypass surgery
• Has stent placement
• Has a coronary angioplasty
Cardiac catheterization also may be helpful if a patient has recently experienced:
• Chest pain
• Shortness of breath
In other cases, patients may be referred to our cardiac cath lab for an interventional procedure such as a stent placement or pacemaker implant.
What to Expect Upon Arrival
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