The new cath lab expands our capabilities to diagnose and treat heart disease, including Electrophysiology Studies – a crucial test to identify the cause of irregular heart rhythms to determine if a pacemaker or other treatment is needed.
The investment in a second lab is another step in our commitment to meet the needs of area residents and exceed the national standard to treat heart attack patients within 90 minutes. Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack? Click here to learn more.
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A procedure to determine if there is a blockage in your heart. With the use of wires and X-rays, the doctor will access an artery in the leg or arm. A blockage may be opened with a balloon (angioplasty) or small metal stent. Additional procedures may be performed during a catheterization, including:
A procedure to determine how well your heart is working by measuring pressures and oxygen levels in the heart. This procedure requires the doctor to access a vein in the leg. If you have low blood pressure, kidney disease, pulmonary edema (too much fluid on lungs or heart) or heart abnormalities, this test may be conducted to help the doctor determine the best treatment for you.
A small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmias.
A small device placed under the skin in the chest or abdomen that uses electrical pulses or shocks to help control irregular heart rhythms.
A procedure where the doctor changes your pacemaker or defibrillator battery. The life of a battery is 3-10 years, depending on the type of device you have.
A small device placed under the skin to record heart rhythms and any abnormal episodes. Your doctor can then download the activity on a computer and see exactly what is happening when a patient may feel weak, dizzy, or experience chest fluttering.
A procedure where the doctor checks the blood flow in the legs to see if there is a blockage. The doctor will access the artery in the leg with guide wires and X-rays. If a blockage is present, a small metal stent is placed to restore blood flow.
This procedure allows the doctor to study how the heart beats. The doctor will access different arteries in the body with guide wires and X-rays to measure heart rhythm. If you have an abnormal rhythm, the doctor can use this procedure to burn or freeze the area of the heart causing the abnormal beat.
An echocardiogram uses sound waves to create images of your heart and allows your doctor to see if there are abnormalities in the heart muscle or heart valves.
A procedure where the doctor will check blood flow through the heart, heart valves and identify any signs of stroke. The patient will be given relaxing medication and asked to swallow a small tube where close up pictures of the heart are taken.
A heart disease test that uses exercise or medication to determine if a possible blockage is present.
The Houston Heart Institute has a 24-hour, on-call staff to treat patients with emergency heart problems. The Heart Institute team has the capabilities and equipment to treat an active heart attack and restore blood flow to the heart to minimize damage. Emergency procedures may include placement of a temporary pacemaker to treat slow heart beat caused by heart attack, surgery complication or medicine overdose. Another emergency procedure includes placement of an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) inside the heart to help the heart function until it becomes stronger after a heart attack.
Outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation is offered at Houston Medical Center through the Health Connections program. This is a physician-referred program for patients who have had a cardiac procedure or who may need to strengthen their heart and lung functioning.