Cardiovascular Cath Lab

The cath lab at West Houston Cardiovascular Center provides the latest technologies in adult cardiac and vascular diagnostic and interventional services. Learn more about these services below:

  • Atherectomy
    An atherectomy device is moved through a catheter in the groin and carves out a blockage to improve blood flow in the heart or peripheral arteries.

  • Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD)
    This device is inserted in the same manner as a permanent pacemaker. It detects and treats potentially life-threatening abnormal heartbeats.

  • Diagnostic heart catheterization
    Small catheters are inserted into the large artery in the groin (femoral) or wrist (radial) and advanced to the heart. This allows the cardiologist which coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked. With this information your doctor can recommend treatment.

  • Electrophysiology study (EP study)
    An EP study examines the heart’s electrical conduction system when a heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly. This is done by recording electrical activity within the heart through specially insulated wires called catheters. Results from an EP study help a doctor decide what medications or treatments are needed.

  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
    A tiny balloon is advanced to the arteries of the heart and then inflated to compress fatty deposits and improve blood flow.

  • Peripheral transluminal angioplasty (PTA)
    A larger balloon is advanced through the artery to an area of blockage, other than the heart, and then inflated to compress fatty deposits and improve blood flow.

  • Permanent pacemaker insertion
    A pacemaker is a device with two parts. One part of the pacemaker is a lead inserted into the heart. The second part is a generator placed under the skin of the upper chest and sends an electrical impulse to the lead. This helps the heart beat at a regular pace.

  • Stent placement (after a PTCA or PTA)
    Stents, which are made of expandable stainless steel mesh, are placed where the artery narrows to help keep it open.

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