Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Fast diagnosis and treatment for cardiac emergencies in Frisco.
When you’re having a severe cardiac episode, such as a heart attack, minutes equal muscle. The faster patients can get access to lifesaving interventions, the greater the chances of survival and maximum recovery with minimal heart damage.
At Medical City Frisco’s state-of-the-art catheterization (cath) lab, patients can now receive fast, close, quality diagnostic and treatment procedures for a variety of cardiovascular conditions, such as coronary artery disease. The cath lab enables emergency crews to bring heart attack patients directly to Medical City Frisco for immediate treatment.
“Overall, there’s a trend in reduction of response time from ‘door to balloon’ — we’ve brought that critical level of service to Frisco.” – Marc Krock, MD, interventional cardiologist and Cardiac Cath Lab Medical Director
Heart and Vascular Care Ideally Located to Serve Frisco
Ideally located to serve those who live, work and play in Frisco, Medical City Frisco’s cath lab specialists have years of experience working with local EMS, ER and cardiology services. That, and the team’s nimble size and streamlined efficiency make for critically fast response times. We diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including:
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Cardiovascular disease
Lifesaving Tools, Technology and Treatments
Medical City Frisco employs a new software program that’s further reducing response times. It sends a patient’s EKG (electrocardiogram) from an EMS technician in the field directly to doctors in real time. If someone is having chest pain and they call Frisco EMS and their EKG shows evidence of a heart attack, the EKG is sent to Medical City Frisco doctors and the cath lab is activated immediately. This makes Medical City Frisco’s fast response cath lab team very agile and efficient.
Expert Heart Attack Management
Medical City Frisco’s cardiac cath lab is equipped with highly specialized diagnostic imaging equipment used to visualize the heart and quickly find the cause of symptoms, such as chest pain. During a cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiologists guide a long, thin tube called a catheter into the heart through arteries and blood vessels. Heart procedures performed in a cath lab are often less invasive with a shorter recovery.
The modern facility at Medical City Frisco is larger than typical cath labs, allowing for added ease of use and more room for cardiologists and other heart specialists to maneuver and have complete access to patients.
Medical City Frisco also has a newly remodeled, leading-edge emergency room where patients can get expert 24-hour emergency care from board certified and board eligible emergency medicine physicians, specially trained nurses and physician assistants.
Catheterization Laboratory Services Offered at Medical City Frisco
- Cardiac medications, including blood thinners
- Radial artery catheterization
- ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)
- Temporary epicardial/cardiac wires
Full-Service Cardiac Care is Close and Seamless
Cardiac patients who need more intensive treatment can be transferred seamlessly to nearby Medical City Plano, a full-service hospital offering comprehensive, world-class heart and vascular services since 1987.