One of the biggest investments we are making to improve the health of Longview is the Heart and Vascular Institute’s third cardiac catheterization lab, which will be considered the area’s only hybrid-cardiology operating room and suite. This OR/suite features one of the largest review screens available on the market. The new cath lab will have nationwide web conferencing capabilities, which will also serve as an observation component for proctoring physicians or staff requiring advanced level training. Longview Regional is one of twenty training centers across the United States where doctors can learn the most advanced treatments for peripheral artery disease. This cutting-edge technology can save lives and limbs, and we are proud to have one of top three cardiologists in the nation certified to train these procedures sharing his expertise with physicians from around the region. With these advancements, the quality of care for both the physician and patient reach new heights. In 2011, we will complete our cardiac post-surgical recovery suite.
Cardiac Catheterization Procedures
We recently added our third cath lab outfitted with advanced technology to ensure you receive the best possible care.
A cardiac catheterization determines if you have coronary artery disease and pinpoints where plaque (fat and calcium deposits) may be located. In cardiac catheterization (often abbreviated as "cath"), a very small catheter (hollow tube) is advanced from an artery or vein in the groin through the aorta into the heart.
Our 64-slice CT scanner uses advanced imaging technology to help doctors diagnose cardiac disease and determine which patients require additional medical intervention.
Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices), both horizontally and vertically, of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays.