GRMC is proud to announce the opening of our new Cardiac Cath Lab in Spring 2012, expanding our already extensive cardiac services. The Cath Lab physicians and staff perform both diagnostic and interventional peripheral vascular procedures and diagnostic cardiac procedures. GRMC has assembled a skilled and motivated staff and utilizes cutting-edge technology to offer our region the very best in cardiac care—to ensure our patients have excellent outcomes by alleviating pain, reducing or eliminating blockages, and helping our patients feel better and recover quickly.

 

GRMC's sophisticated new Cath Lab is a part of a wide range of services and care options—all designed to keep our patients well. For more information on GRMC's extensive Cardiac & Vascular Medicine services, click here or call 830.401.7170.

Cardiac Procedures

Diagnostic cardiac procedures are commonly referred to as heart catheterizations. These procedures are performed to diagnose and treat blockages in coronary arteries (which supply blood to the heart) and to study the function of the heart. In addition, these procedures can diagnose pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, vascular disease and a variety of other diseases.

 

Peripheral Vascular Procedures

Peripheral Vascular procedures are commonly performed to diagnose and treat blockages in the extremities (arms and legs) and vessels which supply blood to the brain (carotid arteries).

 

Primary Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) risk factors include diabetes, hypertension, family history, age, and smoking. Procedures used to diagnose PVD are commonly called peripheral angiography. PVD treatments include one or more of these options:

  • Balloon Angioplasty (opening the artery)
  • Stent Placement (support of the artery)
  • Atherectomy (artery plaque removal)

Cardiac catheterization is used to study the various functions of the heart. Using different techniques, the coronary arteries can be viewed by injecting dye or opened using balloon angioplasty. The oxygen concentration can be measured across the valves and walls (septa) of the heart and pressures within each chamber of the heart and across the valves can be measured. The technique can even be performed in small, newborn infants.