The Cardiac Catheterization at Missouri Baptist Medical Center is staffed by a team of specially trained medical professionals that assist your physician during your scheduled procedure. Patients come to our facility to have their conditions both diagnosed and treated.
For more information on cardiac catheterization or to schedule an appointment at our Cath Lab, call us at 314-996-3627 or contact us online.
Cardiac catheterization is the insertion of a small catheter into a large blood vessel artery or vein and guiding it into the heart chambers where the heart muscle and valve function are evaluated. The catheter also may be inserted into the right or left heart chambers as necessary to evaluate other heart conditions.
Coronary angiography consists of injecting contrast material (dye that can be seen on X-rays) into a vein or artery and taking X-rays to identify blockage of the blood supply to the heart muscle.
Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiography are usually both performed in the same setting. At the end of the procedure the physician is able to discuss the condition of your “pumping chamber” or your heart and your blood vessels.
Intracoronary Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
This imaging technique is used in conjunction with coronary angiography and involves the insertion of a small catheter directly into the coronary artery through which ultrasound images of the vessel are obtained. These images help the physician assess the shape of the artery and the thickness of the inner layers of the vessel wall.
Intravascular Distal Blood Flow Velocity
Actual blood flow in your coronary artery vessel is measured by placing a specialized catheter into your coronary and taking measurements. The use of the Doppler wire enables your physician to further evaluate your arteries and make treatment recommendations.
Coronary Artery Stent Placement (Drug-Eluting Stent)
This invasive procedure involves the insertion of a permanent, stainless steel coil into a narrowed or weakened coronary artery during angiography. The stent is placed using a balloon catheter that is inflated and then removed after placing the stent permanently in the coronary artery to help keep the vessel open for the passage of blood. Some of these stents are coated with medications in order to prevent the regrowth of tissue in the vessel.
Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
This invasive procedure dilates (widens or expands) narrowed coronary arteries when a small catheter is inserted into a blood vessel and guiding it into a narrowed coronary artery. A balloon attached to this small catheter is inflated to push the blockage against the sides of the artery, making the vessel bigger for the passage of blood.
This invasive procedure uses a diamond-shaped burr at the tip of a flexible catheter. The burr is placed over a small wire directly in the coronary artery. The burr rotates rapidly and shaves the plaque into tiny particles. The particles then pass through the coronary circulation and are disposed of by the body.
For more information on cardiac catheterization or to schedule an appointment at our Cath Lab, call 314-996-3627 or contact us online.