Diagnostic testing at the Cardiac Cath Lab is offered for outpatients, inpatients, and emergency patients.
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Cardiac Calcium Scoring
- Stress Testing
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Peripheral Catheterization
Below are some of the common heart and vascular conditions diagnosed and treated in the Cath Lab.
- Angina (chest pain)
- Abnormal stress test results
- Atrial fibrillation/Atrial flutter (heart valves out of synch)
- Bradycardia (a too slow heartbeat)
- Congestive heart failure
- Claudication (pain in the foot and legs caused by blocked arteries)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (formation of a blood clot due to prolonged sitting down)
We provide life-saving emergency diagnosis and treatment for patients at the Cath Lab.
Heart Attacks and STEMI
Singing River Health System’s Cardiac Cath Lab has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Hospital STEMI Gold award for our work on the treatment of STEMI patients.
An ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction, or STEMI, is a severe heart attack caused by a blockage in one of the heart’s major arteries. If we detect an elevation in a segment of an EKG (the ST-segment), then we work quickly to restore blood flow to the heart.
Sometimes caused by a severe heart attack, cardiogenic shock happens when the heart is not pumping enough blood to meet your body’s needs. We will provide a complete physical exam and testing in order to find the cause of the issue and provide the correct treatment.
Our heart and vascular patients come to the Cath Lab on an inpatient and outpatient basis to have elective procedures performed by their interventional cardiologists.
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Coronary and Carotid Stenting
- Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
- Coronary intervention procedures
- Rotational Atherectomy
- Peripheral Artery Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I have to be in a hospital after my angioplasty?
Some patients may be able to return home the same day as their procedure. If an overnight stay is required, the physician typically orders you to stay just one night. If other concerns are present, your stay may be extended depending on your doctor’s orders.
What kind of medication will I have to take if I get a stent?
Doctors typically prescribe an anti-platelet medication and/or Aspirin following a stent placement. It is important to follow the physician’s orders for your individual needs. It is very important to take the medications as prescribed by your doctor to avoid serious complications.
What should I do if I have chest pains?
If you are experiencing chest pains, you should seek emergency treatment immediately. Dial 911. Do not drive.
After Your Procedure
Singing River Health System’s Cardiac Rehab Clinic has all the accommodations you will need in order to recover from your procedure quickly and effectively. Learn more about our Cardiac Rehab program.