Forrest General's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performs both diagnostic catheterization procedures to assess coronary artery blockages and interventional catheterization to treat heart disease. Interventional treatments for blockages in the coronary arteries include balloon angioplasty, coronary stents and removal of blood clots causing a heart attack. Some congenital problems can be corrected with catheter devices.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Forrest General's Cardiac Catheterization staff and physicians strive to provide the most technologically-advanced equipment and procedures available. Cardiologists diagnosis and treat Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in the Cath Lab. Please click here to view a news segment about three new devices being used to treat PAD.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab performs electrophysiology studies to diagnose and treat patients with heart rhythm problems. A slow, irregular or rapid heartbeat could indicate a serious problem. Electrophysiology studies analyze the heart's electrical system to help physicians determine the most effective course of treatment. Treatment may include implanting a pacemaker or internal defibrillator or the use of a catheter-based ablation procedure to correct the abnormal heart beat.
For more information about the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445, then press 1, from 3 - 8 p.m., Monday through Friday or send an e-mail.