Platte Valley Medical Center offers an advanced Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and digital technology to provide cardiologists with fast, precise images of the heart for diagnosing blockages in the coronary arteries.
“Our Cardiac Cath Lab is a critical component of our cardiovascular program,” states PVMC’s Chief Operating Officer Kurt Gensert. “The cardiac imaging system in our Cath Lab allows our cardiologists to obtain extremely high quality images of the heart. As a result, we are able to accurately diagnose coronary heart diseases and disorders and develop the most appropriate medical treatment plans for our patients.”
The Cardiac Cath Lab offers inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and interventional procedures using digital technology that allows cardiologists to instantaneously see clear images of a patient’s coronary anatomy. This technology not only provides clear resolution of one’s heart arteries, it assists the cardiologists in making timely decisions regarding their patient’s evaluations. For example, during the exam, the cardiologist is able to immediately see if there are artery blockages and to what extent heart disease may or may not be present. The cardiologist is able to quickly establish a plan of action for the patient. Some patients with mild to moderate disease will be treated medically and others with significant disease may need an interventional procedure like balloon angioplasty, coronary stent or heart surgery.
More About Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is a very important part of diagnosing cardiovascular disease and provides the most accurate and detailed information about how the heart is working. In simple terms, cardiac catheterization is a sophisticated diagnostic procedure that gives the cardiologist a guided tour of the inside of the heart. Utilizing x-ray technology to obtain real-time images of the moving heart, the cath lab procedure provides complex and precise images for proper diagnosis of heart disease.
The purpose of cardiac catheterization is to explore the heart’s structure and identify problems such as clogged arteries before a heart attack occurs. The results of this exploration help the cardiologist decide what the most appropriate treatment for the patient is. Doctors can also diagnose a number of heart conditions such as coronary heart disease, defective heart valves and congenital heart defects through cardiac catheterization procedures.