Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization, performed at Civista Medical Center, provides both the patient and cardiologist with one of the most definitive diagnostic assessments available today.
Cardiac catheterization is used to study the various functions of the heart. During this diagnostic test, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is passed through an artery in the groin or arm and threaded up into the heart to reach the coronary arteries. Through the catheter, your physician can determine pressure and blood flow in the heart's chambers, collect blood samples from the heart, and examine the arteries of the heart by x-ray. This x-ray, called fluoroscopy, can provide immediate visualization of the x-ray images on a screen and provides a permanent record of the procedure.
Your cardiac catheterization is performed by specially-trained nurses, x-ray technologists and registered cardiovascular technologists under the direction of a cardiologist, a medical doctor specializing in diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
Civista Medical Center provides a full spectrum of minimally invasive techniques for correcting problems in the arteries. Through new technology, skilled physicians, and a commitment to a high standard of care, we work not only to manage the effects of heart and vascular disease but also improve your quality of life.
The Imaging Department at Civista has a new Interventional Suite which offers several services to patients. Using the new GE Innova(TM) 4100, a digital flat-panel x-ray system, excellent image quality shows the tiniest of vessels in detail. Comparing the Innova 4100's digital system to film is like comparing hi-definition TV to regular TV. A digital image has a much higher resolution, so radiologists can see much more detail in the images. The physician may diagnose, and in most cases, resolve many vascular issues the patient may have. A patient who has acute leg pain and finds it difficult to walk short distances may have a blockage in an artery. Our new equipment allows the physician to view the vessels and correct the problem with some of the following techniques:
• Angioplasty - a procedure where a balloon is placed into the affected vessel and is expanded to allow the artery to open back up to its original diameter, resulting in better blood flow to the limb.
• Stenting - a procedure where an expandable material, made of a metal such as Titanium, is placed in the vessel to help hold the vessel open, allowing for better blood flow.
• Cryoplasty - a process of opening a vessel by freezing the plaque within the vessel, allowing for better blood flow.
• Atherectomy - a process where the plaque is actually removed from the vessel, allowing for better blood flow.
For more information on the services of the Civista Heart and Vascular Center, call Civista's Imaging Department at 301-609-4170. You will need a physician's order prior to scheduling treatment at the center.