UHW Cardiac Cath Lab

The UHW Cardiac Catherisation Laboratory operates with optimum clinical and administrative efficiency by coupling the highest level of clinical expertise and state of the art patient record management. That essential combination has directly resulted in the highest standards of patient care including timely interventions and superior outcomes for all patients presenting for this critical service in the south east area. Acknowledging this cath lab service for the South East patients has only operated on a 37 hrs per week basis the accrued benefits from that restricted cath lab service over the past 8 yrs is exemplary in the context of any similar service elsewhere; this is testified through the activity statistics, range of procedures and sample anecdotal evidence above. This critical service now desperately needs the requisite minimum funding to allow it expand those services and thus realise its overdue acknowledged objective.

Catheterisation Labs (cath labs) are facilities in which these services are delivered

Diagnostic coronary angiograms

An angiogram allows your doctor to look inside your coronary arteries and find out where and how severe any narrowed areas are.

It’s also known as a coronary angiogram or a cardiac catheterisation.

See Video (courtesy of British Heart Foundation)

Percutaneous coronary interventions (stents)

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as coronary angioplasty or simply angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure used to treat the narrowed coronary arteries of the heart found in coronary heart disease, by inserting a scaffold called a stent.

See Video (courtesy of British Heart Foundation)

Pacemaker implants

If you need to have a pacemaker fitted, a small electrical device called a pacemaker will be surgically implanted in your chest.

The pacemaker sends electrical pulses to your heart to keep it beating regularly and not too slowly.

See Video (courtesy of British Heart Foundation)

Defibrillator implants

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device, slightly larger than a pacemaker that’s placed in the chest. Doctors use the device to help treat irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias.

See Video (courtesy of British Heart Foundation)

Loop Recorder & Pacemaker Interrogation

These tests analyse the data from your implanted device.

See Video (courtesy of British Heart Foundation)

Balloon valvuloplasty for narrowed heart valves

Balloon valvuloplasty, also called percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty, is a surgical procedure used to open a narrowed heart valve. The procedure is sometimes referred to as balloon enlargement of a narrowed heart valve.