Spalding Regional is committed to treating cardiac patients as quickly and as efficiently as possible. For a free referral to a cardiologist, call (770) 467-6136 or click Find a Physician.
Our recently updated Cath Lab combines some of the latest technology with board certified cardiologists and a specially trained nursing staff working together in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions. In 2011 we developed our coronary angioplasty program to combine accurate diagnoses with effective treatment needed during crucial minutes following a heart attack.
Coronary Angioplasty and Stents
Angioplasty and stenting can improve symptoms of coronary heart disease, reduce damage to the heart due to a heart attack and can reduce your risk of death.
Cardiologists use a procedure called Coronary Angioplasty, also known as Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries in order to increase blood flow to the heart. During this procedure a catheter with a balloon on its tip is inserted in the coronary artery. The balloon is inflated, pushing the plaque blocking the artery against the artery wall and improving blood flow.
During a coronary angioplasty, an expandable stent which is a small metal mesh tube, may also be inserted in the blocked artery. This “stent” provides further support to help the artery stay open.
Cath Lab Coronary Diagnostics and Procedures also include:
Transesophabeal Echocardiogram (TEE)
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