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Posted: Monday, March 9, 2015 12:00 am

   Odessa Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is excited to reveal its new state-of-the-art Catheterization Lab. In this lab, we can perform not only diagnostic and interventional heart procedures, but now have the full capability to perform peripheral (abdomen and legs) diagnostic and interventional procedures.  Director of Cath Lab, TJ Mosely, BSN, RN, CCRN is excited to offer not only the ability to perform coronary procedures, but peripheral vascular procedures as well. The new lab also has the capability to produce 3D rotational angiography which allows us to produce CT-like three-dimensional pictures of the vessels permitting us to depict aneurysms and other vessel abnormalities easily.

   When we speak of a cardiac cath (short for catheterization) procedure, this entails entering the femoral artery (a vessel in the upper thigh) with a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) through a small hole made with a needle the size of a pen head. This catheter is then run up to the heart, where it engages the coronary arteries.  Then, a special dye will be injected through the tube and with the use of X-Ray, the cardiologist can visualize the coronary vessels and determine if there are any abnormalities. If there are abnormalities such as plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) or other problems causing narrowing of the vessel, then the vessel can be dilated with either a balloon or a stent.

   As stated earlier, ORMC can now perform peripheral angiograms with the use of subtracted imaging which saves on the amount of radiation the patient receives during the procedure. The peripheral angiogram helps the doctor find narrowed or blocked arteries of the legs and helps the doctor determine what surgical procedure is needed to open the blocked arteries. One procedure that can be done is a peripheral angioplasty, which entails opening the blocked artery with either a balloon or a stent, similar to a coronary angioplasty. All of these procedures are performed with conscious sedation where the patient is kept comfortable and any discomfort is kept to a minimum.

   You should never wait to see a doctor until you think you might be having a heart attack. If you are experiencing chest pains, you should contact your primary care physician as soon as possible.

   For more information on the Catheterization Lab, visit the ORMC website at www.odessaregional.com and always remember, ORMC has excellent, high-quality care for every cardiac patient.

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