Cardiac catheterization helps doctors detect artery blockage and evaluate the size and function of the heart's valves and chambers. Any abnormalities can be precisely visualized. Other procedures performed by the lab include balloon angioplasty and valvuloplasty, where balloons are inserted in constricted blood vessels or heart valves to widen them, and cardiac electrophysiology.
Once identified, our cardiac electrophysiologists work closely with a patient's doctor to determine an appropriate course of treatment. Treatment may involve drugs, surgery or the implantation of a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD). Our cardiovascular surgeons perform a wide variety of procedures, including open-heart surgery and heart-lung bypass surgery.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a balloon of blood, which can rupture and cause sudden death. Typically, dangerous and invasive techniques are required for treatment. But today, SJRMC offers an innovative treatment in an innovative space.
Our hybrid catheterization lab allows for high-quality imaging, surgical preparation, and catheter procedures all in one area. For patients with an AAA, the hybrid lab and operating room offers specialized tools for a minimally invasive surgery.
The procedure requires collaboration among a team of surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, and technologists. Through an efficient team approach, a catheter is used to insert an expandable synthetic graft that reinforces the aorta and prevents rupture of the aneurysm. There are many advantages to this team based approach:
More precise stent placement
Reduced blood loss
Minimal trauma to the aorta
Less potential for complications
Fewer (or no) days in intensive care
In addition, the environment makes it easier for patients and loved ones to see what’s going on. The patient is actively involved in treatment and can see results on screen. The best result by far is that more individuals are surviving and getting home more quickly.