Northside Hospital-Cherokee Expands Its Cardiac Cath Lab

Posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

 

Northside Hospital-Cherokee has added a second suite to its Cardiac Catheterization/ Interventional Radiology Laboratory, located on the hospital’s campus in Canton.  The new suite opened May 15.  Northside Hospital-Cherokee is the only provider of cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology services in Cherokee County.

“Our Cath Lab has experienced consistent growth since we opened our first suite in 2007,” said Angela Edgar, RN, MS, CCRN-CMC, RCIS, manager of cardiology services, Northside Hospital-Cherokee.  Annually, Northside Hospital-Cherokee performs approximately 1,000 cardiac and interventional radiology procedures.

“With the additional room, not only will we be able to accommodate a higher volume of patients, but we also can offer more scheduling flexibility for both patients and physicians, which will better serve our community,” Edgar added.

Cardiac catheterization examines patients for blockages in the heart and coronary arteries.  The test examines blood flow in the arteries, blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, and function of the heart.  Interventional Radiology is a subspecialty that allows specially-trained radiologists to see inside the body while guiding catheters and other instruments through blood vessels and other pathways of the body to perform minimally invasive procedures.

Northside Hospital-Cherokee’s Cardiac Cath Lab is staffed by specialized cardiac and radiology-trained nurses and technologists, who use state-of-the-art digital imaging technology to perform heart catheterization, interventional radiology procedures and other cardiac services including PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Interventions, or angioplasty), implantation of permanent pacemakers and AICDs (automatic internal cardiac defibrillators), stress tests, echocardiograms, nuclear medicine cardiac studies and more.

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