Technology & Procedures
Under the direction of a cardiologist, the Backus Cardiac Catheterization Lab performs various tests that can evaluate the anatomy and function of your heart. Utilizing special x-ray and imaging equipment the cardiologist and the cath lab certified staff provide the supportive care necessary for diagnostic procedures, such as left and right heart cardiac catheterizations, transesophageal echocardiograms, electrical cardioversions, insertions of pacemakers and/or automated implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD’s), and generator changes.
The insertion of a catheter into an artery or vein of the heart through which an angiogram (x-ray images) is obtained.
Left Heart Catheterization
Insertion of a catheter into the coronary arteries and left ventricle of the heart, through which dye is injected in order to visualize the coronary blood flow and pumping function of the heart.
Right Heart Catheterization
Insertion of a catheter into a vein leading to the heart which can confirm the pressures and blood flow in the right side of the heart.
Radial Cardiac Catheterization
A less invasive alternative cardiac catheterization method through the wrist or radial artery instead of the femoral artery to determine if more intervention is needed, if there are blockages in the arteries, or if medication can be used to treat the patient.
If there is a significant percentage of blockage in the artery, patients are sent to another facility for interventional treatment, such as angioplasty or bypass surgery.
This type of testing is done after an abnormal stress test or when a cardiac patient is having chest pains that may indicate an issue.