Our interventional cardiologists perform hundreds of cardiac catheterizations every month; averaging between 1,600-2,000 cardiac catheterizations each year. Collectively, our team includes board-certified interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists (EP physicians), cardiac nurses and technicians bringing you the experience you need in caring for your heart.
Cath Lab Services
Our digital imaging systems allow our medical team to have a clear view of your heart and blood vessels. This allows us to detect, diagnose and treat heart problems.
We perform the following procedures:
Diseases that affect your arteries and veins include coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is also called peripheral vascular disease. Disease occurs when a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside your arteries or veins. This plaque build-up is called atherosclerosis. Treatment depends on the location and the amount of blockage.
Our cardiologists perform a balloon angioplasty with stent placement to open blocked arteries and keep them open. This restores the free flow of blood. It is often performed at the same time as a diagnostic catheterization if a blockage is found. Our program ranks among the best in the nation for successful emergency angioplasty.
Carotid Stenting Helps Prevent Strokes
Narrowed arteries put you at risk for having a stroke. A stroke occurs if blood flow to your brain is cut off. Our cardiologists perform carotid stenting. This minimally invasive method restores the free flow of blood through the carotid arteries (located in your neck) to the brain. This may prevent an ischemic stroke which is the most common type. Doylestown Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the area to offer this procedure.
What Happens During a Cardiac Catheterization
You are awake and relaxed during this procedure. Recovery time is quick and there is a low risk of complications. Your cardiologist inserts an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your arm, neck or groin. Next a larger thin plastic tube called a sheath goes into a vein or artery in your leg or arm. Then longer thin tubes called catheters are threaded through the tube up to your heart. Live x-rays guide your medical team. This allows them to perform diagnostic tests.
During the procedure, the team may do any of the following:
- Collect blood samples from your heart
- Examine your arteries using ultrasound
- Measure the pressure and blood flow in your heart and arteries
- Measure oxygen in different sections of your heart
- Remove (biopsy) a section of heart muscle to exam it
You may have dye injected into the catheter during some procedures. The dye helps your doctor have a clear view of your heart. If you have a blockage, you may have a balloon angioplasty with stent placement during the procedure.
About 75 percent of our catheterizations are done using radial artery access. An interventional cardiologist places a catheter in the radial artery in your wrist instead of in the femoral artery in your groin. Radial artery access offers you many advantages. You will have less bleeding, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay. You will be able to get out of bed and walk around soon after the procedure.
Electrophysiology (EP) Study Treats Heart Rhythm Disorders
Electrophysiology is a cardiology specialty that diagnoses and treats problems with your heart's electrical system (arrhythmias). We use advanced imaging systems to treat heart rhythm disorders.
Conditions that we diagnose and treat in the EP lab include: