Our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory provides for both emergency and elective angioplasty. Our affiliation with the CardioVascular Institute of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center means that our Cardiac Care services rank amongst the very best in the state. Our "door to balloon" times average under 65 minutes, with the Gold Standard for the industry being 90 minutes. We are renowned as a trendsetter in the cardiac field, using the radial artery in most of our cases. This allows our team to reach your heart quicker, reduces arterial bleeding, and leads to a quicker recovery time for you or your loved one.
Lawrence General Hospital was fully accredited in 2013 for cardiac catheterization and coronary intervention by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE), an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. Lawrence General is the first hospital in New England, and first hospital in the nation without cardiac surgery on site, to achieve this distinction.
Cardiac Catheterization involves inserting a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your arm or upper thigh threaded to your heart. Contrast dye is injected into the tube and viewed on an x-ray to trace the movement of your blood through your arteries, revealing if plaque has narrowed or blocked your coronary arteries. Your Cardiologist will use these images to evaluate the heart and treat specific heart conditions. The procedure generally takes about 20-30 minutes. At the conclusion, all catheters and sheaths are removed, bleeding stopped, and a dressing is applied. You will be moved to a recovery area where you will rest for several hours or in some cases, overnight.
If the results indicate a need to perform an angioplasty or stenting, one of the Interventional Cardiologists will be notified. If all the criteria are met, the blocked area in your heart will be repaired in a procedure known as a PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention), also known as angioplasty and stenting. The stent is used to prevent the artery from closing up again.
Preparing for your Cardiac Catheterization
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