Cardiac and Vascular Catheterization Laboratories
Washington Hospital's state-of-the-art digital vascular imaging laboratories demonstrate the hospital district's commitment to providing the highest quality care with leading technology. More than 3500 adult cardiac, vascular and electrophysiology patients annually benefit from the equipment's exceptionally fast, high resolution imaging.
The populations served by the catheterization laboratories is inclusive of all adults with arteriosclerotic heart disease, valvular disease, disarrhythmias, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary disease and neurovascular disease.
The laboratories specialize in interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, neuroradiology and interventional radiology. The diagnostic procedures performed in the labs typically use the administration of contrast media for visualization of selective anatomical structures and measurement of pressures and blood flow for determination of vascular integrity. In addition to contrast media, interventional procedures use a vast array of balloons, stents, cutters and wires to support vessels and provide a minimally invasive choice for patients when treatment is necessary.
Some of the procedures performed include:
- Cardiac angiography
- Peripheral angiography
- Implantation of pacemakers
- Implantation of internal cardiac defibrillators
- Coronary angioplasty
- Peripheral angioplasty
- Coronary stent placement including drug eluting stents
- Peripheral stent placement
- Electrophysiologic mapping
- Thrombolytic therapy
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