MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute's Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab features 11 individual labs with 24/7 staffing. The cath lab uses sophisticated imaging technology and implements best practices for patient care before, during and after procedures.
We Put Patients First
Patients are our first priority in everything we do. You can expect the best medical treatment delivered with care, compassion, clear communication and responsive service. Every member of our cardiovascular team treats each patient with the understanding and support we would give to our own families.
The Heart Team Approach
As part of our ongoing commitment to patient care quality and safety, we use an advanced “Heart Team” approach which brings together cardiology, cardiac surgery, intensive care medicine, nursing, ancillary care and administration in a collaborative patient care model based on diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines. Focusing on the total patient’s needs in a collaborative way has led to significant improvement in patient satisfaction as well as outcomes.
Our unique alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute has further enhanced our focus on quality and safety across all cardiovascular services, and is reflected in the national and international recognition of many of our highly-trained cardiovascular specialists.
Innovation is at the heart of the Heart & Vascular Institute's cath lab, which uses leading-edge imaging technology and implements the best practices in patient care. We also participate in nationally-recognized clinical trials not available at other facilities.
Dedicated Cath Labs
We have 11 dedicated catheterization labs, more than any other hospital in the Washington, D.C., area. We manage our patients with the most technologically advanced diagnostic tests and treatments, including angioplasty, stents, lasers, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), brachytherapy, angiogenesis and other novel medical therapies. We also offer three state-of-the-art cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanners.
Our catheterization labs offer every cardiac service, including open heart surgery and heart transplantation. However, if interventional therapies are not appropriate for a particular patient, advanced options to help support the heart’s function can be pursued.
New Hybrid Labs
Hybrid labs are operating rooms that support complex procedures involving both cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery. These specialized labs enable our heart teams, including anesthesiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiac imaging specialists to work as together to perform complex valvular procedures in a minimally invasive fashion to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.
The Latest Technology
The latest technology is incorporated to help our physicians rapidly evaluate patient information, whether from the Emergency Department or referring physicians to help establish the best course of therapy for our patients. This helps coordinate real-time patient care.
Cath lab physicians use this technology to work in close coordination with other Heart & Vascular Institute facilities, physician and emergency transport teams. Our labs allow for the transmission of real-time data from the field to the doctors, so they are prepared to make treatment decisions before the patient even enters the facility. This technology helps coordinate rapid transfer to our institution from anywhere in the region.
Emergency Transport Available
We planned our facilities around patient needs, so you don't need to wait for care and treatment. We can admit patients to our cath lab from the Emergency Department in fewer than 60 minutes. We have four helicopter transport teams available to move patients around the region.