Cardiac Catheterization at Southern Regional Heart Services
Diagnosing Cardiovascular Disease and Saving Lives
Southern Regional's Heart & Vascular Care Center has the technology
and expertise to detect, diagnose, and treat life-threatening cardiovascular
Non-invasive techniques - such as cardiac catheterization - performed in
our vascular laboratory allow for early detection and treatment of potentially
deadly cardiovascular disease.
Cardiac catheterization, which is known as cardiac cath, involves inserting
a thin, flexible tube called a catheter into an artery. The catheter is
extended into the chambers of the heart or coronary arteries to measure
how well the heart is working and search for any blockages.
Opening Blocked Arteries
While performing the cardiac cath, an interventional cardiologist often
discovers a blockage in the patient's arteries. If needed, a blockage
can be treated immediately with an emergency angioplasty, which will open
the blocked artery.
As part of the same catheterization process, a cardiologist can perform
an angioplasty by inserting a balloon and a wire mesh tube called a stent,
both of which hold the artery open to relieve the blockage.
Southern Regional's Heart & Vascular Care Center performs more
than 1,600 cardiac catheterizations and over 350 angioplasties every year.
We also perform a full specturm of other procedures with state-of-the-art,
digital imaging equipment in our cardiac catheterization labs.
Southern Regional Health System's Vascular Laboratory was recognized
by the Intersocietal Commission for the accreditation of Vascular Laboratories
for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality
testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. We were re-accredited in
September of 2009 which reaffirms our commitment to providing a high level
of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease.
Southern Regional is one of a few hospital-based vascular labs with this
accreditation in south metro Atlanta.
Our lab helps us rapidly diagnose patients with cardiovascular disease
and identify early signs of a heart attack - so that patients get treated
more quickly. Having this capability right here is important because treating
patients quickly means saving more heart muscle.