The Harden Memorial Heart Program's three state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (cath labs) perform thousands of diagnostic and interventional procedures each year. We offer the most sophisticated procedures available today, providing world-class care right here in the local community.
Some of the diagnostic and interventional procedures performed here include:
Ablation - Through cauterization, this procedure restores the heart to its normal rythm.
Coronary Angiography - Utilizes an x-ray, catheter and dye to find potential blockages.
Electrophysiology Studies - This work assesses the heart's electrical activity.
Pacemaker Implant - An electrode it placed inside the heart to help regulate its beat.
Intravascular Ultrasound - To produce a picture of the artery, sound waves are passed through an ultrasound catheter inserted in a coronary artery.
Laser - Plaque is turned into gasses through a catheterization process utilizing an excimer laser.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator - This is a device that operates through an electrode that has been placed in the heart to normalize beat rhythm.
Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) - A small balloon like object is inflated to open clogged or blocked arteries.
Rotational Atherectomy - A special diamond tipped burr is used during catheterization to remove plaque from arterial walls.
Stent Insertions (including Drug Eluting Stents) - A metal coil like device is inserted in an artery to help keep it open.