St. Mary's Cardiac Catheterization - Important
in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Disease
Located on the first floor of St. Mary's, the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (known as the Cath Lab) is a specialized service that plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease by allowing cardiologists to assess blockages in coronary arteries and determine the most appropriate treatment option.
Staff is available around the clock to treat patients with an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). We are ranked in the top ten percent in the nation for the time it takes staff to treat a patient suffering from a heart attack. Known widely as "door-to-balloon" (or D2B) time, it signifies how long it takes a patient to be evaluated from the moment they enter the Emergency Department until they receive a cardiac catheterization procedure.
The D2B Alliance for Quality is a new Guidelines Applied in Practice program launched by the American College of Cardiology to save time and save lives by reducing the door-to-balloon time in hospitals. The national D2B time is 90 minutes. St. Mary's ST-elevation myocardial infarction (or STEMI) team has been performing well under that average.
Our inpatient cath labs include three fully digital suites that offer the complete range of diagnostic and interventional capabilities, including:
- Placement of permanent pacemakers (PPMs)
- Placement of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)
- Diagnostic catheterization
- Balloon angioplasty
- Coronary stenting - bare metal and drug eluting stents
- Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) - sound waves produce intracoronary images of plaque to help determine extent and nature of the disease and aid selection of best treatment options
- Atherectomy - catheters to remove plaque from blocked arteries
- Peripheral angiograms and interventions - examination and treatment of arterial disease in the renal arteries and in lower extremities