Catheterization Lab

Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab is equipped to handle a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat heart disease. The lab's highly specialized equipment, devices and personnel ensure you receive timely, appropriate treatment for any cardiac problem.

Fast Heart Attack Response

When you are having a heart attack, quick treatment is vital to reducing damage to your heart and even saving your life. When you arrive at our accredited Chest Pain Center in the Emergency Room, we move quickly to diagnose your condition. Our average elapsed time for performing a balloon angioplasty to improve blood flow in narrowed arteries is far less than the national recommendation. The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association recommend this process, often called door-to-balloon, because it takes place in less than 90 minutes upon your arrival at the hospital.

Catheterization Lab Services

For many patients, heart attack treatment begins in the ER. From the ER, patients with possible heart conditions are moved to the Cardiac Clinical Decision Unit where our team of physicians and nurses rapidly assess the problem and determine the best treatment. If you require catheterization procedures, our Cath Lab staff delivers the most appropriate treatment using the latest equipment.

The experienced Cath Lab staff consistently performs with excellence, helping North Kansas City Hospital rank as one of the Top 3 hospitals in the entire metropolitan area for the number of cardiac procedures performed. We are the only hospital in the Northland to offer on-site, full-service and emergency cardiac care. Our team's skill and speed can prevent or significantly reduce heart damage and minimize your risk and stress level. Our team is equally proficient in performing a host of non-emergency procedures to diagnose or restore heart function.

What is a Catheterization?

When you undergo a catheterization procedure, X-ray contrast solution is injected into the arteries of your heart to identify, locate and assess the severity of your heart condition and to evaluate heart muscle function. In a separate procedure, lifesaving treatment can be provided during a heart attack by injecting medication. Other Cath Lab procedures may save you from 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. Highly skilled cardiothoracic surgeons perform both conventional heart surgery and advanced surgical procedures.

Learn more about our cardiac surgical services.

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