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Interventional Cardiology

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The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories (also known as the cardiac cath labs) at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville and Braselton offer a variety of diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures used in the treatment of coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease.


Each year, approximately 3,000 procedures are performed in the cardiac cath labs including diagnostic heart catheterization, balloon angioplasty and stent placement (including cardiac, carotid and peripheral stenting). 
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Lab Layout & Capabilities

The lab consists of four state-of-the-art procedure rooms that house the most advanced technology including bi-plane flat panel imaging, which allows for more images with less contrast dye usage, and magnetic catheterization. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is the first hospital in Georgia, and still one of only a handful of programs in the Southeast, with magnetic catheterization technology, a catheter navigation system designed to assist physicians performing interventional procedures with more precision and control, especially in difficult to reach areas of the heart.

Location

The cardiac cath lab is located on the NGMC Main Campus, on the 4th floor of the Outpatient Services Building. The cardiac cath lab serves not only Hall County, but also 15 other counties in the regional service area, and provides 24-hour, 7-day a week coverage for interventional cardiac care.

Cardiac Research Trials

In addition to advanced heart disease diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease, NGMC also participates in cardiac research trials, providing patients access to the very latest treatment options while participating in important studies that will improve future treatment of cardiac disease. Many of the studies are conducted in conjunction with other leading institutions such as New York University (NYU) Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic and the Medical College of Virginia.

Diagnostic and treatment procedures performed in the NGMC Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Cardiac catheterization

Diagnostic procedure completed by gently inserting a catheter into the blood vessels that feed the heart. Several injections of x-ray dye are made into the arteries allowing doctors to see heart blockages. Pressure measurements also are taken inside the heart to further evaluate the heart chambers and valves.

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

Also known as PTCI or balloon angioplasty, this interventional procedure involves inserting a balloon-tipped catheter into a blocked heart artery. The balloon is then inflated and deflated to compress the blockage of plaque and increase the blood flow.

Robotic Angioplasty

When someone needs a stent or balloon to open up blocked arteries, NGMC's robotic angioplasty capability combines physician expertise with robotic precision to restore blood flow to the heart.

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Coronary stenting

A stent is a small metal coil, or mesh tube, that may be placed in the artery to help keep it from reclosing by providing a scaffolding-like support. A stent is commonly used in conjunction with a balloon angioplasty and athrectomies.

Dissolving Heart Stents

Northeast Georgia Medical Center was the first and only hospital in the state – and the third in the Southeastern U.S. – to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that literally disappears over time.

Dr. Christopher Leach implanted the world’s first FDA-approved dissolvable heart stent in a patient at NGMC Gainesville. The Absorb” stent, made by Abbott, is a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease – which usually results in blocked arteries, restricted blood flow and increased risk of heart attack. Coronary artery disease affects 15 million people in the United States and remains a leading cause of death worldwide.

You can learn more about the Absorb stent, watch a video about how it works and request more information by clicking here.

MitraClip Procedure

The MitraClip procedure is a minimally-invasive treatment for mitral valve regurgitation, a common heart disorder that occurs when the mitral valve of the heart doesn't close properly.

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Atherectomies

Technique used to remove plaque from a blocked heart artery. These procedures can be completed using several different state-of-the-art methods that the cath lab has readily available.

Permanent pacemakers

Procedure that involves the implantation of an electronic device that helps the heart maintain regular beats.

Coronary ultrasound

Device which utilizes sound waves to assist in the evaluation of the heart arteries. A small catheter is placed inside the artery, and pictures are taken from within to better define the blockages.

Valvuloplasty

Procedure similar to balloon angioplasty of the heart arteries. The difference is that a larger balloon is used to expand a constricted valve, leading to increased blood flow through the heart.

Peripheral angioplasty

Procedure which examines arteries of the body, i.e. arteries in the leg, for diagnosis and treatment, helping increase the blood flow where needed. Balloons and stents are often used in other arteries outside the heart, including the legs, kidneys and carotid arteries.

Cardiac cath lab procedures require a physician referral and are performed by a cardiologist following an evaluation.

Questions?

Call the Heart & Vascular Services department at 770-219-5416 or send us a contact form for more information.

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