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.
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
- Percutaneous Coronary Intervention – We provide percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is also called coronary angioplasty. The procedure is similar to a cardiac catheterization. The goal of a PCI is to open up a clogged artery by inserting and blowing up a tiny balloon, which assists in widening the affected artery.
Preparing for a Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
Prior to a PCI, discuss any questions with your doctor. Be sure to discuss any medications you are using, since you may temporarily need to stop taking some of them. Please make sure that you understand all the medications you are to take after a PCI.
What to Expect During a PCI
During a PCI, you will be awake, but you will be sedated. You will receive medications through an IV during the procedure, and you will hear everything that is going on.
The incision area will probably be on your leg or arm, and it will be numbed. Your doctor will make a small incision and insert a catheter into your artery, which will be threaded up to the blockage. This process should not be painful, yet you may feel pressure.
A dye will be injected through the catheter, which will assist your doctor in reviewing your X-rays on a nearby monitor. Next, a tiny balloon on the end of the catheter will be inflated which will help widen and stretch the blocked artery for several minutes. Then, the balloon will be deflated and removed. If you have more than one blockage, the balloon will be inflated at each area.
During a PCI, you may also have a stent placed in your blocked artery. A stent looks like a coil of wire mesh and helps to prevent the artery from narrowing again.
After the procedure, you will likely stay in the hospital overnight so that your heart can be monitored. When you return home, it is important that you drink plenty of fluids and avoid lifting heavy objects. After approximately one week, you should be able to return to work and normal activities. Ask your doctor about any restrictions specific to your daily life.
Stress Test –Our stress testing laboratory offers a variety of cardiac stress tests which assist in determining your specific level of heart health. The main stress test is often called an “exercise stress test.”
You should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. You will walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike while our care team monitors your breathing, heart rhythm and blood pressure. While your heart is pumping harder than usual, this exercise stress test will reveal issues that you may not notice otherwise.
The stress test can be completed in conjunction with an ultrasound, which will closely monitor your blood flow. After this is complete, your cardiologist will be able to assess your specific cardiac function and proceed with treatment if needed.
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.