The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, or the Cardiac CathLab, is where surgical procedures on the heart and its great vessels are performed. The results of the procedures provide doctors with valuable information in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. Among the wide variety of percutaneous (through the skin) procedures include coronary angiography and angioplasty, coronary stent placement, insertion of intra-aortic balloon pump, implantation of automatic cardiac defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. All procedures are performed under local anesthesia by fully trained and experienced invasive and interventional cardiologists, supported by skilled specialized nurses and medical and radiology technologists.
Likewise, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic neurovascular procedures including placement of tiny stents for vascular aneurysms of the brain are performed at the unit by highly competent and experienced interventional neuroradiologists.
The unit also has highly trained and proficient peripheral vascular interventionalists who perform endovascular aortic repair and stent placement for aneurysms of the aorta or aortic dissection.