State-of-the-Art Imaging and Treatment Technology for Cardiology Services
The Heart Hospital at St. Joseph's Cardiac Cath Lab is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of cardiovascular issues and diseases. Our team members are experts in disorders of the heart and are able to provide advanced diagnostic testing and interventional procedures to treat coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects and heart valve disease.
Advanced Technology in New Cardiac Catheterization Labs
The Heart Hospital has three catheterization labs equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and treatment technology, which allows physicians to effectively evaluate and treat patients they suspect have a cardiovascular disease. Our state-of-the-art flat plate detector imaging technology allows our cardiovascular experts to perform both cardiac and peripheral vascular procedures within the same setting.
A cardiac catheterization involves inserting a flexible, narrow plastic tube into a vein or artery in the upper leg or arm. The catheter passes through the blood vessel into a heart chamber or coronary artery. Special X-ray dye, called contrast, is injected to allow the doctor to see chambers, valves or coronary arteries in the heart on a monitor. X-rays are made, blood samples are taken and heart pressure is measured.
- Transesophageal Echocardiology (TEE)
- Coronary, renal or peripheral angiography
- Coronary anatomy and physiology assessment with intravascular ultrasound or fractional flow reserve
- Angioplasty and stenting for treatment of coronary artery disease
- Atherectomy for plaque removal
- Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) intervention
- Congenital heart defects – PFO and ASD
- Peripheral angioplasty and/or stenting
- Balloon valvuloplasty to treat valve stenosis
- Insertion of ventricular assist devices
- EP Studies
- Cryoablation and Radiofrequency Ablation
- Device Implantation
Diagnostic Studies for Heart Disease
At The Heart Hospital, we also offer a variety of diagnostic studies, both non-invasive and invasive, for our heart patients including:
- Cardiac catheterizations
- Cardiac MRI
- Stress tests
These important diagnostic tools can provide a screening for high risk patients, but can also help identify urgent conditions or help patients that may be experiencing some symptoms of cardiovascular disease.
In addition to reviewing the diagnostic studies for your individual cardiovascular needs, our board-certified physicians and team of cardiac certified nurses will review your family history and lifestyle factors that also affect your heart health. Together, your team of cardiovascular experts will provide the best diagnosis and treatment plan for your conditions.
For a physician referral to The Heart Hospital, call St. Joseph's/Candler Central Referral Office at (800) 622-6877.