The heart catheterization labs lead the way in providing accurate diagnoses and determining the appropriate course of action for cardiac patients. The cardiac cath procedure examines blood flow to the heart and tests how the heart is pumping. Special catheters can be placed in the heart’s chambers to measure the blood pressures and oxygen levels as well as into the coronary arteries to look for a blockage. Digital technology allows us to get the clearest possible view of a patient's arteries, so we can better identify blockages or related problems. Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to remove blockage from heart arteries. Stent procedures place a devise to keep the artery open during angioplasty. It's a process that is considered the most definitive way to diagnose artery and valve disease.
A variety of tools might be used to assist in diagnosing blockages such as intravascular ultrasound and special measuring wires.
In some cases, Spartanburg Regional uses a robotic catheter system, which allows physicians to position robotic catheters in difficult anatomical locations within the heart. The physician sits at console where he or she has catheter control and 3D visualization of the patient’s heart, allowing more accuracy and stability during the ablation procedure.