Heart Catheterization Laboratory
Part of the comprehensive cardiac services Baptist provides are heart catheterization services. The Baptist Heart Institute located in Memphis, Tennessee performs over 10,000 catheterization procedures annually. With a staff of experienced specialists and compassionate physicians our catheterization lab is able to help thousands of heart patients every year.
What is a heart catheterization laboratory?
A cardiac catheterization lab provides diagnostic services to check on the health of your heart and vascular system. Heart catheterization is completed by the careful insertion of a catheter into the blood vessels. Once the catheter is in place, the specialist will inject X-ray dye into the arteries so that any heart blockages will be visible. During this procedure the heart chambers and valves pressure is evaluated.
Heart Catheterization Lab Procedures
Our cardiac catheterization lab provides a variety of procedures for patients with heart conditions.
During a balloon angioplasty, or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, a specialist will inflate and deflate a balloon to compress plaque that could be blocking blood flow.
A small metal coil or tube is placed in an artery to provide support to a weakened artery. Coronary stents are frequently used in conjunction with balloon angioplasty procedures.
This catheterization technique removes plaque from arteries using several different advanced methods.
These electronic devices are inserted with a catheter to regulate heart beats.
By putting a small catheter in an artery, specialists can use ultrasound imaging to take pictures and better see blockages.
Similar to a balloon angioplasty, in this procedure a larger balloon is inflated and deflated in order to expand a constricted valve.
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