Cardiac Catheterization is a diagnostic procedure used to determine the extent of heart disease. Each year cardiologists perform more than 1,000 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and coronary angiography procedures and 500 interventional procedures in our three catheterization laboratories.
Cardiologists also perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), often helping the patient avoid surgery. These procedures include:
1. Diagnostic catheterization for coronary and valvular heart disease
2. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
3. Percutaneous coronary artery stenting with bare metal and stents
and drug eluting stents
4. Coronary atherectomy
5. Thrombolic therapy
6. Electrophysiology procedures
7. Peripheral vascular angiography and intervention (angioplasty and stenting)
8. Renal and carotid angioplasty and stenting
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Cardiac electrophysiology (EP) is the study of the heart's electrical system. Practiced for about 20 years, EP studies involve insertion of a heart catheter to diagnose irregular heartbeat, for treatment, or to perform procedures such as pacemaker implantation procedure, defibrillator insertion, or ablation.
Procedures available at St. Mary's Electrophysiology Lab include:
- Diagnostic Electrophysiology studies
- Radiofrequency ablations
- Pacemaker implants
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy for chronic congestive heart failure
- Implantable cardiac defibrillator device
- Loop recorder implantation
- Biventricular pacer/defibrillator implants
St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. Hospitals earning SCPC accreditation achieve a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with heart attack symptoms. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Mary’s engaged in rigorous evaluation of its heart care processes, integrating healthcare’s most successful ''best practices" to reduce the time from onset of a patient’s symptoms to diagnosis and treatment.