Cardiac Testing

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

This is where all invasive procedures are performed using high-tech equipment to help diagnose and treat coronary artery disease.

  • Coronary p: A test to evaluate coronary artery disease. It allows the physician to know exactly which coronary artery has a blockage and the severity of the blockage.

  • Balloon Angioplasty: This is a procedure to open blocked arteries. It uses a small balloon to open the blocked artery to increase blood flow to the heart thereby preventing possibility of a heart attack.

  • Stents: Stents are tiny metal mesh that are applied inside a diseased artery and then expanded to keep the coronary artery open.

  • Valvuoplasty: A procedure done in which a narrowed heart valve is stretched open to prevent the patient from requiring open-heart surgery. It helps to regulate blood flow from one part of the heart to another. A thin tube with a balloon on the tip is inserted into the narrowed heart valve and the balloon is then inflated and stretches the narrowed opening.

  • Septostomy: A special balloon catheter is used to create or enlarge the atrial septal defect found in the heart of certain infants.

  • Electrophysiology Study: A minimally invasive procedure performed with specially designed equipment to assess the heart's electrical conduction system. Its main purpose is to evaluate irregular heart rhythms under controlled conditions to determine the most effective way to treat these irregular heart rhythms.

  • Ablation: A minimally invasive procedure where a catheter is inserted into the heart to burn or destroy the area of the heart tissue that causes the irregular and sometimes fatal rhythms.

  • Pacemaker: A device that is implanted inside the chest along the pectoral area, which generates an electrical impulse to create the heartbeat. It is used when the heart's natural pacemaker is not functioning correctly.

  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (AICD): Like the pacemaker, this device is implanted inside the body. This device delivers an electric shock to the heart whenever an irregular heart rhythm occurs, restoring the heart to its regular rhythm.

  • Rotablator: An invasive procedure that uses a fast spinning drill to open a hardened artery of the coronary artery vessel.
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