Catheterization Lab Procedures
Cardiac catheterization procedures are minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures performed by MVH cardiologists Cardiac catheterization is used to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease.
A catheterization laboratory or cath lab is a special examination room with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterization procedure. During these procedures, a long, narrow, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm, while a tracking system provides a clear view of the arterial system and the heart's pumping action.
Cardiac Catheterization at Miami Valley Hospital
Cardiac Catheterization procedures offered at MVH include:
- Coronary angioplasty
- Coronary stents (drug-diluting and bare metal) In 2003, physicians at MVH Cardiology were the first in the Dayton area to use new drug-coated stents. When a normal stent is placed in the coronary artery, plaque can still build up, along with scar tissue. Pretreated stents release medication that keeps your arteries from becoming blocked again.
- Intra-aortic balloon pump - A device to help decrease the workload of the heart and increase blood flow to the heart and the rest of the body
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)/flow wire
- Left ventricular assist device
- A pacemaker is a small electronic device that helps your heart’s electrical system. It keeps your heart beating at the right pace. Inserting the pacemaker into your body is called implantation.
- Peripheral aortagrams - Used in the diagnostic evaluation of medical conditions affecting the aorta
- Peripheral interventions - Treatments for blocked or narrowed arteries in the neck, arms, legs, and abdomen.
- Rotablator – A drill-like device that treats blockages in coronary artery arteries that may develop calcium deposits.