Wilmington Cardiac Catheterization Lab Procedures
Advanced Diagnostics, Monitoring & Treatment
The Cardiac Catheterization Labs are where we house our state-of-the-art
imaging technology and other devices related to cardiac care. Cardiac
catheterization is a screening procedure that allows doctors to examine
the heart using a small camera attached to a catheter that is inserted
into the body and guided to the heart. While traditionally used for diagnostic
purposes, cardiac catheterization can also be used to perform treatments
by attaching small instruments to the catheter or using the video’s
live feed to perform a minimally invasive surgery.
We perform the following procedures:
Cardiac catheterization through the femoral or radial artery – A heart screening procedure. Doctors can insert the catheter through either
the femoral or radial artery to reach the heart.
Coronary angioplasty and stenting – A treatment for coronary disease, in coronary angioplasty the doctor inserts
a small balloon into the narrowed artery, inflates it to increase blood
flow, and inserts a small hollow tube called a stent to keep the artery open.
Peripheral vascular angiography – A diagnostic procedure where a catheter is weaved through the vessels
in the legs to look for plaque and narrowed areas.
Peripheral vascular revascularization – If it is discovered that a patient has peripheral arterial disease, or
at high risk for developing it, we can treat the condition through angioplasty,
stenting, atherectomy, and/or drug therapy.
Pacemaker and defibrillator implants – Pacemakers and defibrillators help regulate irregular heartbeats by detecting
abnormalities in the heart and releasing mild electrical shocks to keep
Cardiac ablation for arrhythmia – Cardiac ablation is a procedure that destroys a diseased piece of heart
tissue in order to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Endovascular stent repair of abdominal aneurysms – An abdominal aneurysm is an abdominal artery that has enlarged into a balloon-like
shape and is at risk of rupturing. Endovascular stent repair is the process
of strengthening the walls of the artery with a stent to prevent tearing.
To learn more about cardiac catheterization procedures, or to schedule
an appointment with the cardiology department, call 302.421.4828.