Our Cardiologists and Cardiac Catheterization team use minimally invasive instruments and techniques to get you safely back home as soon as medically possible, many times the same day as the procedure.
Sovah Health's team of cardiologists perform procedures to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease (narrowing or blocked arteries), abnormal heart rhythms and peripheral vascular disease. These common treatable conditions can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, or loss of limbs. Many non-surgical treatments are also available.
Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.
“Cardiac catheterization” is a general term for a group of procedures that are performed using this method, such as coronary angiography, as well as left ventricle angiography. One of the most common procedures performed in the Cath Lab is coronary angiography, which is similar to an x-ray and shows an external map of the arteries while contrast material is injected to examine the flow of blood and check for abnormalities such as build up due to plaque. Our physicians utilize the radial (wrist) artery entry whenever clinically appropriate, which allows for more patient comfort among other advantages.
The Cath Labs are also used to perform peripheral arteriography, angioplasty and stenting in the legs.
Once the catheter is in place, it can be used to perform a number of procedures including angioplasty and PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) angiography. A list of procedures carried out in the Cath Lab includes:
The Cath Lab also features Intravascular Ultrasound technology, or IVUS, which allows physicians to see vessels from the inside allowing more precise images and measurements to determine if and where a stent should be placed.
IFR (instantaneous wave-free ratio) is another advanced technology available in Sovah’s Cath Lab. It is a guide wire-based tool that can accurately measure blood flow and help to assess the severity of a lesion in a vessel.
Our Danville and Martinsville campuses have both received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care treatment available. As an accredited facility, we use the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive:
The American College of Cardiology has recognized Sovah Health for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. PCI is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals that have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization have standardized their assessment process for patients before undergoing catheterization to ensure quality and patient safety. They ensure that care in the procedure room for sedation, infection control, radiation safety, universal protocol, and time out procedures is fully coordinated. They have mastered the appropriate transfer to a cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.
If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with heart failure, we can provide the tools to improve quality of life. Sovah Health has earned Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. We were awarded the accreditation based on rigorous onsite review of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.