Marshall Medical Centers || Services || Cardiac Cath Technology

By: Marshall Pain Clinic  09-12-2011

Some of the most modern cardiac catheterization technology available anywhere… featuring the unsurpassed Toshiba Infinix DP. That's part of the first rate cardiac care that Marshall Medical Centers has brought from home to the people of our community.

Understanding Cardiovascular Procedures

Some of the most modern cardiac catheterization technology available anywhere… featuring the unsurpassed Toshiba Infinix DP. That's part of the first rate cardiac care that Marshall Medical Centers has brought from home to the people of our community. We've combined the latest technology with a highly trained, caring team of professionals, all dedicated to providing advanced cardiac cath procedures that can help you beat heart disease.

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac Catheterization or "Heart Cath" is a specialized study of the heart during which a catheter, or thin hollow flexible tube, is inserted into the artery of the groin or arm. Under x-ray visualization, the tip of the catheter is guided to the heart. Pressures are measured and an x-ray Angiogram (Angio) movie of the heart and blood vessels are obtained while injecting an iodinated colorless "dye" or contrast material through the catheter. Coronary angios are obtained by injecting the contrast material into the opening or mouth of a coronary artery. The iodinated solution blocks the passage of x-rays. X-ray movie pictures taken during the injection of the contrast material allow the coronary arteries to be visualized. In other words, coronary arteries are not visible on x-ray film. However, they can be made temporarily visible by filling the coronary artery with a contrast solution that blocks x-ray.


Coronary Artery Stent

A coronary stent is stainless tube with slots. It is mounted on a balloon catheter in a "crimped" or collapsed state. When the balloon of is inflated, the stent expands or opens up and pushes itself against the inner wall of the coronary artery. This holds the artery open when the balloon is deflated and removed. Coronary stents relieve the recurrence of chest pain, increases the quality of life and reduces other complications.


PTCA or Balloon Angioplasty

Angioplasty is a technique used to dilate an area of arterial blockage with the help of a catheter that has an inflatable small sausage-shaped balloon at its tip. Since the balloon catheter is introduced through the skin of the groin, and sometimes the arm, is placed within a blood vessel (transluminal = in the channel or lumen of a blood vessel) and is applied in the treatment of coronary arteries, the technique is also called PTCA or Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty.


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