Interventional Care at The Heart Center
The Heart Center at Excela Health offers the latest technologies, compassionate care, highly advanced medical expertise reflected in excellent outcomes, and the experience realized through high volumes. Of equal importance is the fact that area residents no longer need travel great distances for high quality, comprehensive heart care. Here, patients can find heart care right in their own community knowing that we strive to meet the highest standards of care and quality possible.
As the centerpiece of Excela Health's system-wide cardiac expertise, our interventional center, located on the Westmoreland Hospital campus, houses the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs and a 64-slice CT scanner; allows for high-volume open heart surgery; has an imaging department with echocardiography, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and a vascular lab, and all related technologies, along with the experienced medical staff for diagnosis and treatment to insure high quality and excellent survival rates. An electrophysiology lab is also available at Excela Latrobe Hospital.
Within our Catheterization Labs
Cardiac catheters are the primary tool of interventional cardiac care. Excela Health's board-certified interventional cardiologists are trained in the latest techniques. Catheters are used to diagnose heart or blood vessel problems. Injected into an artery in your arm or leg, they are then guided to the heart, where they can measure blood pressure, or by injecting a special dye, indicate any blockages. When a blockage is identified, the catheter can also be used to repair the situation. Those procedures include:
•Balloon angioplasty: A small "balloon" is inserted and inflated to widen a blocked or narrowed blood vessel.
•Vascular stenting: During an angioplasty, a small wire mesh tube (stent) is placed within a blood vessel to help it remain open.
-Drug eluting stent: The stent is coated with a special drug to prevent blood from clotting and the blood vessel from narrowing.
•Thrombectomy: A means of removing a blood clot from a blocked artery.
•Atherectomy: A catheter with a special drill grinds away hardened, fatty material (plaque) that causes artery blockage.
-Rotational artherectomy: A tiny rotating blade cuts through and removes the plaque.
-Laser atherectomy: A laser removes plaque, particularly in patients who have had an acute heart attack or suffer from complex peripheral vascular disease.
Other valuable tools include Intravascular Ultrasound Catheter, which can help locate and diagnose blood vessel shrinkages or blockages; CT angiography utilizing Excela's 64-sice CT scanner, and cardiac MRI.