Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
A Look Inside the Heart
When it comes to treating coronary artery disease or other heart related problems, you can feel confident when choosing McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. We have an enviable history of innovations, firsts and quality outcomes in diagnosing and treating complex cardiac conditions.
McKenzie-Willamette launched new cardiac services when it opened a diagnostic cardiac catheterization (cath) lab in December 2004. Within weeks, the hospital was providing much-needed diagnostic services to cardiac patients throughout central Lane County.
"When McKenzie-Willamette's Board made the commitment to expand cardiovascular services," states Dr. Jay Chappell, cardiologist, "we had the chance to create a heart center process and philosophy from the ground up."
What is a Cardiac Catheterization?
A cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure during which a thin flexible tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery in a patients arm (wrist area) or leg (groin area). The catheter is then gently moved up to the arteries of the heart. This diagnostic test can be used as a tool to diagnose what is wrong with the patient’s cardiovascular system and it can also be used as a form of treatment for coronary artery disease.
Cardiac Cath Services Include: