The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is one of the premier services of Washington Health System Washington Hospital. It offers the most advanced angioplasty techniques in the state—with more than 4,500 procedures performed each year. Staffed by skilled physicians and nurses who are dedicated exclusively to the performance of cardiac catheterization procedures, the Catheterization Lab provides services 24 hours a day for scheduled and emergency procedures.
Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure used to determine the extent of disease present in the vascular system. The Catheterization Lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide advanced diagnostic and interventional procedures.
Patients experiencing cardiac emergencies in local community hospitals without catheterization labs or cardiac surgery services are often transported to the life-saving cardiac units at the WHS Washington Hospital.
The WHS Washington Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is the only teaching lab in Southwestern Pennsylvania where doctors in training are taught lifesaving skills by the physicians of Washington Health System. Procedures performed in the Catheterization Lab include:
- Diagnostic Coronary Angiography
- Coronary Angiography (Balloon)
- Coronary Stent Insertion
- Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
- Closure of Atrial Septal Defects and Patent Foramen Ovale
- Balloon Valvuloplasty