About Our Cardiac Catheterization Services
The cardiac catheterization lab at Bayshore Medical Center offers patients minimally invasive cardiac catheterization procedures which examines blood vessels in and around the heart to test heart function. Performed by experienced interventional cardiologists, along with dedicated nurses and technologists, procedures performed in the cath lab can detect problems with the heart muscle, arteries or valves, allowing for early intervention and treatment. Bayshore’s innovative lab provides patients with expert diagnosis, advanced cardiac technology and minimally-invasive treatments for cardiovascular conditions. Patients can rest easy knowing their high risk cardiac condition can be treated close to home.
Patients can now also take comfort in knowing the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Bayshore is qualified as a Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) hospital, approved to provide primary angioplasty procedures to patients having a heart attack. Primary angioplasty, widely known as emergency angioplasty, is the preferred treatment for people having a heart attack and is an effective intervention used to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow within 60 minutes of a patient’s arrival at the hospital. At Bayshore, our team of interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses and other specialists are available 24/7, 365 days a year to treat patients found to be having a heart attack.
Our highly trained team of board-certified cardiologists, radiologists, vascular surgeons, nurses and technical staff, use sophisticated physiologic hemodynamic monitoring systems to track vital signs, heart rhythm, pressures in the heart and blood circulation during various cardiovascular procedures including:
- Cardiac catheterization
- Carotid angiography Pacemaker implementation
- Peripheral angiography and intervention
- Primary PCI for STEMI patients
Our advanced facility performs approximately 450 catheterization procedures annually and includes two OR-compatible catheterization labs where complex endovascular, interventional radiology and cardiovascular procedures are completed.
About our Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) Suite
The DSA suite allows the interventional team to perform minimally invasive, targeted diagnostic and treatment procedures using an X-ray imaging device that produces a live image feed on a TV-type screen. This device allows interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons to clearly and accurately visualize blood vessels surrounding bones and tissue during a complex procedure.
Common procedures that require DSA interventions include:
- Angiography (examination of your heart and peripheral blood or lymph vessels through x-ray)
- Balloon Angioplasty (widening blocked or narrowed blood vessels, especially coronary arteries, with a balloon catheter)
- AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) Repair (performed through a small puncture in the femoral artery to repair dangerous aneurysms in the aorta)
- Micra Leadless Pacemaker Insertion (minimally invasive procedure delivered through a small puncture and eliminating the typical two leads which can cause disruption to the vessel)
- Biliary Drainage and Stenting (tube placed in bile duct prevent blockages)
- Central Venous Access & Hemodialysis Access (device inserted through a vein to allow for fluids, blood products or medications to enter blood stream)
- Embolization (procedure that prevents blood from flowing to a certain area in the body, which can reduce the size of a tumor or block an aneurysm)
- Y-90 Chemoembolization (embolization combined with radiation therapy delivered via tiny glass beads filled with the radioactive isotope directly to the tumor)
- Gastrostomy Tubes (G-Tube is inserted to deliver nutrition to the stomach)
- Needle Biopsy
- Radiofrequency ablation (procedure used to reduce pain through electrical currents)
- Thrombolysis (treatment to dissolve clots in blood vessels and help improve blood flow)
- Uterine Artery Embolization
- Uterine Fibroid Embolization
- Vertebroplasty (procedure for stabilizing compression fractures in the spine where bone cement is injected to harden or strengthen the bone)
- Tranjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunts (procedure that connects the portal vein to the hepatic vein within the liver)
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Cardiac Catheterization Necessary?
Sometimes coronary arteries can become clogged or narrowed because of a buildup of fatty deposits of plaque. As plaque buildup increases, it becomes difficult for your arteries to supply enough oxygen-rich blood for your heart to work properly. If the artery becomes totally blocked, a heart attack can occur.
What tests are available to check my heart for irregularities?
Extensive and advanced stress tests, echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and other cardiac diagnostic procedures are available to provide patients with information on how their heart muscle and heart valve function.
What occurs during a cardiac catheterization?
During cardiac catheterization your doctor may:
- Take X-rays using contrast dye to look for narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, called coronary angiography or coronary arteriography.
- Perform a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as coronary angioplasty with stenting to open up narrowed or blocked segments of a coronary artery.
- Check the pressure in the four chambers of your heart.
- Take samples of blood to measure the oxygen content in the four chambers of your heart.
- Evaluate the ability of the pumping chambers to contract.
- Look for defects in the valves or chambers of your heart.