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Catheterization Lab

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at North Kansas City Hospital is equipped to perform a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease. The highly specialized equipment, devices and personnel in the lab assure that you'll receive timely, appropriate treatment for any cardiac problem.

Fast Response to Heart Attack

When you are having a heart attack, quick treatment is vital to reducing damage to your heart and even saving your life. When symptomatic patients arrive at our accredited Chest Pain Center in the Emergency Room, we move quickly to diagnose their condition. Our average elapsed time is far less than the national recommendation when we perform an angioplasty to reopen blood flow in narrowed arteries. This process, called "door-to-balloon," is recommended by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association to take place in less than 90 minutes upon arrival to a hospital.  

Catheterization Lab Services

  • Atrial Septal/Patent Foramen Ovale Closures
  • Bi-Ventricular Pacemaker/Defibrillator
  • Cardioversion 
  • Coronary Artery Stenting
  • Cryocath Ablasion
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
  • Diagnostic Peripheral Catheterization
  • Directional Coronary Atherectomy (DCA)
  • Electrophysiology Studies
  • Internal Automatic Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Intracoronary Vascular Ultrasound (IVUS) 
  • Intravascular Coronary Doppler Velocity 
  • Percutaneous Peripheral Angioplasty and Intervention
  • Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Permanent Pacemaker
  • Radiofrequency Ablations

For many patients, treatment of a heart attack begins in the ER, where our team of physicians and nurses use their clinical expertise to rapidly assess the problem and determine the best treatment. If catheterization procedures are required, our Cath Lab staff delivers the most appropriate treatment using the latest equipment in this high-tech facility.

The experienced staff in the Cath Lab consistently performs with excellence, helping North Kansas City Hospital rank as one of the top three hospitals in the entire metropolitan area for the number of cardiac procedures performed. We are the only hospital in the Northland to offer onsite full-service and emergency cardiac care. Our team's skill and speed can prevent or significantly reduce heart damage, while minimizing risk and stress for the patient. The team is equally proficient in performing a host of non-emergency procedures to diagnose or restore heart function.

What is a Catheterization?

When a patient undergoes a catheterization procedure, X-ray contrast solution is injected into the arteries of the heart to identify, locate and assess the severity of the coronary artery disease. Contrast solution is also injected to evaluate cardiac muscle function. In a separate procedure, lifesaving treatment can be provided during a heart attack by injecting medication. Other procedures performed in the Cath Lab may save a patient from undergoing invasive surgery. For instance, during a balloon angioplasty, a tiny balloon is inserted into the arteries to open clogged areas, possibly followed by placement of a coronary stent in the blocked area to keep it open.

Sometimes treating a heart problem requires more extensive treatment than the Cath Lab provides. Surgery proves a successful outcome for many patients. Highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeons perform both routine, conventional heart surgery and, when indicated, more advanced surgery, including operating on a beating heart without using the heart-lung machine. Learn more about our cardiac surgical services.

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North Kansas City Hospital Cardiology Department, 816-691-5401

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North Kansas City Hospital Cardiology Department