Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Allegiance Health’s three cardiac catheterization (cath) labs provide our community with a range of services, from diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, which identify coronary artery disease, to interventional cardiology, which diagnoses and treats coronary artery disease with non-surgical procedures. Cardiac angioplasty is a procedure that opens an artery blocked by plaque or a blood clot. A blocked artery can lead to a heart attack if the blood supply to the heart is severely reduced or stopped.

Allegiance heart care has been recognized by Healthgrades®, a leading national health care ratings organization. Allegiance received Healthgrades distinctions in the following areas:

  • Five-Star (out of five) Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack for Two Years in a Row (2011-2012)
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2012
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2012
  • Five-Star (out of five) Rated for Valve Surgery for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in MI for Cardiac Surgery for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Beating National Door-to-Balloon Time Standards

A successful angioplasty program can be measured in door-to-balloon time – the time between your arrival in the Emergency Department and the time you receive an angioplasty procedure. According to the American Heart Association, heart attack patients have a higher survival rate if they receive angioplasty within 90 minutes.

Since July 2006, Allegiance Health has achieved an average door-to-balloon time of 65 minutes, which is consistently better than the nationally recommended standards.

Heart Arrhythmia Services

Allegiance Health diagnoses and treats the various causes of irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia) through its electrophysiology lab. Procedures performed here include the pacemaker and cardiac defibrillator implants, as well as catheter ablation, a procedure that destroys tiny sections of heart muscle that are causing a heart rhythm disturbance.

Experience

Allegiance Health’s cardiac catheterization team has performed coronary angioplasty on an emergency basis since 2006. We began offering this procedure to patients on an elective outpatient basis in 2008. The cath labs are led by seven interventional cardiologists who have served the community for more than 10 years.

Severe chest pain is not always present with a heart attack, especially for older adults, people with diabetes and women. They may experience sudden shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, fatigue or weakness. Don’t take a chance. Call 9-1-1.