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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.