Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab staff includes three registered nurses and three cardiovascular technicians, each of whom are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and balloon pump therapy.
In addition, each have advanced, specialized training in cardiac cath lab procedures. The lab features state-of-the art digital cardiac catheterization equipment that provides the necessary tools to precisely and accurately evaluate the function and blood flow of the heart. The lab is staffed five days per week.
- Diagnostic catheterization A test that assesses the function of the heart muscle and valves, and evaluates the blood flow through the heart.
- Balloon pump insertion A device used in critical cardiac patients that protects and supports the heart when compromised.
- Pacemakers The insertion and ongoing maintenance of pacemakers, including the replacement of generators.
- Pericardiocentesis A procedure used to drain abnormal fluid accumulation from around the heart.
- Electrical cardioversion A procedure during which electrical currents are delivered to the heart in order to convert an abnormal rhythm to a normal sinus rhythm. At Regional West, the procedure is conducted using a state-of-the-art biphasic defibrillator.
- Tranesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) A procedure during which a probe with a small camera on the tip is inserted into the esophagus and advanced behind the heart. The pictures reveal any blood clots or holes that exist in the heart, as well as allowing a more thorough evaluation of the valves.
- Pharmaceutical stress tests A test that uses medication to stress the heart and evaluate blood flow to the heart. The test is conducted on individuals who are physically unable to participate in stress tests that require a treadmill.
- Echocardiogram with contrast A procedure used to evaluate the function of the valves and walls of the heart. Contrast is added to offer more clarity to the pictures.
- Tilt table A procedure used to determine if episodes of light headedness and fainting are of cardiac origin.