The cardiac catheterization lab at Frankfort Regional Medical Center provides diagnostic and therapeutic services by cardiologists that excel in their field. We have the full capacity and support to treat patients 24/7 who are experiencing chest pain or complications due to coronary artery disease. It is generally ordered when symptoms- like chest pain- could mean heart problems and a cardiac catheterization is often done on an emergency basis.
In the Fall of 2013, Frankfort Regional’s dual purpose cardiac catheterization lab was remodeled for both coronary and vascular procedures. Along with cosmetic upgrades (floors, cabinets, etc.), the remodel replaced previous equipment with the GE Innova IGS 530. This new system allows for better visuals, decreased radiation exposure, and also complies with patient safety standards.
The cardiac catheterization lab team of professional, critical care specialists, includes highly-experienced interventional cardiologists, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, licensed radiologic technologists, registered nurses and registered cardiovascular technicians. Also called coronary angiography, coronary arteriography or coronary angiogram, these procedures are done to detect problems with the heart and its blood supply.
Cardiac catheterization helps our doctors to:
- Identify narrowed or clogged arteries of the heart
- Measure blood pressure within the heart
- Evaluate how well the heart valves function
- Determine how well the four chambers of the heart function
- Check for congenital heart defects
- Evaluate an enlarged heart
- Decide on an appropriate treatment
Frankfort Regional also treats many cardiology conditions, including:
- Chronic Coronary Occlusion (complete or almost complete blockage of a coronary artery for 30 or more days)
- Cardiac implants (pacemakers, defibrillators)
- Peripheral Valve Disease
- Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) closures
At Frankfort Regional Medical Center, some patients also have the option for a transradial catheter — a catheter with entry at the patient’s wrist, as an alternative to the groin. This can reduce complications, decrease bleeding, and promote faster recovery.