Cardiac Cath Lab
Trinity Hospital of Augusta has renovated the Cardiac Catherization Lab to include new procedure equipment and a patient monitoring system. We are an interventional Cardiac Catherization Lab with a knowledgeable and caring staff to perform right and left heart catherizations, pacemakers and peripheral vascular procedures.
Trinity Hospital’s Cath Lab is equipped with advanced cardiac imaging systems. Cardiac services offered include:
- Right and left heart catheterization
- Coronary and aortic angiograms
- Routine thallium stress test with imaging
- Lexiscan stress test with imaging
- Other types of stress testing
- Cardiac wall motion studies (ECHO)
- Angioplasty and stenting of peripheral vessels
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
- IVUS intravascular ultrasound
When you’re having heart trouble, every second counts. Trinity Hospital of Augusta's Cardiac Catheterization Lab features advanced technology that gives physicians quick access to information during a procedure – helping us diagnose the problem and move quickly to treat it.
A cardiac catheterization is a specialized study to check the condition of your heart and coronary arteries, monitor the performance of the heart valves and check for any defects. It can measure the heart’s functions, evaluate narrowed or leaking heart valves and determine whether you might need angioplasty, stents or coronary bypass surgery. The cath lab is often the first stop for patients experiencing a possible cardiac emergency: chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or palpitations.
The procedure is performed with a very thin, hollow tube inserted into a blood vessel in the groin and guided to the heart. Once there, the catheter can be maneuvered to different locations to provide information about a variety of cardiac conditions such as artery blockage or congenital heart defects. Sedatives are given before and during the procedure for relaxation, and recovery takes place in a separate area pending discharge or admission into our hospital.
Percutaneous Cornary Intervention (PCI)
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures are often an option for patients with heart disease whose conditions do not require cardiac bypass surgery. Trinity’s Cardiac Cath Lab team is experienced in providing these advanced cardiac services also referred to as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). During a balloon angioplasty procedure, your cardiologist will use a balloon to create a bigger opening in the coronary arteries to increase blood flow in your heart. Or, your cardiologist may opt for a coronary artery stent or drug eluding stent during which a tiny coil is expanded inside the blocked artery to open the blocked area and is left in place to keep the artery open.
To schedule a procedure with our Cardiac Catherization Lab, please call 706-481-7535 to reach our Central Scheduling Department.
Trinity Cardiology Specialists
Trinity Cardiology Specialists – a partnership between Trinity Hospital of Augusta and Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center Heart and Cardiovascular Services. With years of knowledge and expertise, Trinity Cardiology Specialists offer patients state of the art cardiac care in a comfortable office setting. Located on the third floor of the Summerville Professional Building, patients appreciate the staffs efforts to coordinate office visits and any necessary follow-up appointments next door at Trinity Hospital of Augusta.
Atrial Fibrillation Clinic
Arrhythmias (or dysrhythmias) are abnormal rhythms of the heart that cause the heart to pump less effectively.
Normally, as the electrical impulse moves through the heart, the heart contracts–about 60 to 100 times a minute in adults. Each contraction represents one heartbeat. The atria (the upper chambers of the heart) contract a fraction of a second before the ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart) so their blood empties into the ventricles before the ventricles contract.
Under some conditions almost all heart tissue is capable of starting a heartbeat, or becoming the pacemaker. An arrhythmia occurs when:
- The heart's natural pacemaker develops an abnormal rate or rhythm.
- The normal conduction pathway is interrupted.
- Another part of the heart takes over as pacemaker.
Call today to schedule an appointment with an Atrial Fibrillation Specialist (706) 481-7070 during our AFib Clinic Hours.