St. Luke’s state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab is equipped with imaging and hemodynamic monitoring system, which monitors and visualizes blood circulation to carefully track and record heart function. Our knowledgeable staff of nurses and technologists works closely with the physicians of Cardiovascular Associates (CVA) to ensure patients receive the highest quality care.
With advanced technology and highly-skilled cardiologists, many heart disorders can be treated through interventional or non-surgical cardiology procedures. St. Luke’s offers many procedures as described below. If you want more information on any of these procedures please look at the online Health Encyclopedia.
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Innovative techology that records heart electrical activity which can show certain abnormal heartbeats or damage to heart muscle
Non-invasive ultrasound imaging test to assess blood flow throughout the heart and evaluate the size and function of heart chambers and valves
Echocardiographic Stress Test
A treadmill exercise test performed in conjunction with a heart ultrasound
A continuous heart electrical rhythm recording over a 24 to 72 hour period to produce a detailed report of the heart's electrical activity
Peripheral Vascular Doppler Studies
Ultrasound imaging of the upper and lower extremities to evaluate blood flow and diagnose vascular disease
Treadmill exercise, EKG monitored exam, used to evaluate physical exertion as it relates to causes of chest discomfort
Catheterization Laboratory Services
Procedure performed to open blocked arteries. During this procedure, a balloon catheter is passed over a wire and through the artery blockage. The balloon is inflated, pushing the blockage against the artery wall and allowing the blood to flow.
A nonsurgical, catheter directed method of treating atrial fibrillation. An electrode tipped wire is used to deliver heat or freezing cold to heart tissue that may be causing the atrial fibrillation.
Coronary Angiogram/Heart Catheterization
Contrast dye enhanced imaging of your coronary (heart) arteries through a catheter (hollow tube) which allows your Cardiologist to see the extent of any coronary artery disease (CAD)
Drug Eluting Stent (DES) Placement
Drug Eluting Stents provide vessel support like uncoated stents. When the DES is expanded to open a blocked artery, a drug is slowly release into the vessel wall to help prevent the vessel from closing or overgrowing tissue. This type of stent has been shown to significantly reduce the rate of re-blockage experienced by some traditional stent procedures.
Electrophysiology (EP) Procedures
A study of the electrical pathways of the heart used to help find the cause of abnormal heart rhythms. The information from the study can be used to help determine the best treatment options.
Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators (ICD)
An implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) is inserted under the skin near the collarbone to detect and treat dangerous heart rhythms, often prolonging the life of many patients.
A pacemaker is inserted into the upper chest to provide a reliable heartbeat when the heart’s own rhythm is too fast, too slow or irregular.
A stent is a balloon expandable, tubular metallic mesh that is placed in the narrowed part of an artery to act like a “retaining wall” and help hold the vessel open. This procedure will widen the vessel wall and improve blood flow to the heart.