In 2009, Grand View opened the second phase of the David M. Flowers Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in memory of Dr. Flowers. The laboratory enables specially trained physicians to evaluate the arteries that supply blood to the heart and the rest of the body.
With construction and renovation costs of $3.1 million, the laboratory is equipped with a $1.5 million state-of-the-art technology, which will enhance the hospital’s ability to use catheterization to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.
This second, state-of-the-art, laboratory, which opens October 28, enhances Grand View’s use of catheterization to diagnose and treat peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD encompasses disease including both the veins and arteries that carry blood throughout the body. PVD in the legs can cause symptoms of pain and ulceration w
hich can ultimately lead to infection and limb loss.
Cardiac catheterization is more commonly used to examine the heart. With this procedure, a doctor inserts a thin plastic tube called a catheter into an artery in the arm or leg. The doctor then maneuvers the tube into the chambers of the heart to measure pressures and the amount of oxygen in the blood. This data provides important information about heart function. Cardiac catheterization is also used to take pictures of the arteries by using a dye that is injected into the vessels. These video x-rays produce images of the arteries which enable the doctor to identify blockage or other circulatory problems.
When blockages are severe or causing symptoms, angioplasty and stenting may be performed. During this procedure, special balloon-tipped catheters are used to dilate blocked arteries. Mesh-like tubes called stents are used to hold the vessel open.
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is one component of Grand View Hospital’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, which brings together top talent to enable patients to achieve their optimal level of cardiovascular health. Providing high-quality services to diagnose and treat heart and vascular diseases, the Center uses advanced techniques and equipment to manage cardiovascular problems. Grand View’s cardiac specialists review complicated cases within a team setting, determining the best treatment for patients facing serious problems.
For more information about Grand View’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, visit www.gvh.org.