Our Cath Lab is dedicated to being an integral part of University Hospital's cardiovascular services as we work closely with our inpatient units and emergency department to provide the best possible cardiac care for all of our patients.
Upstate Heart and Vascular Institute, opened in 2010 is a state of the art and opened three new labs for EP services, Cardiac Catheterization services, and Vascular services. The adjacent patient care area holds seven beds to care for these patients in the preparatory and recovery phases for these procedures.
Invasive cardiology techniques may serve as an alternative to open heart surgery for patients with coronary artery or valve diseases. They may also provide for the definitive diagnosis of these diseases. We have an impressive history of achieving long-term success with these procedures and maintain one of the oldest and busiest interventional cardiology services in the city. In addition, we continually upgraded our services and technology to offer the most advanced procedures.
Our staff consists of a world-class team of cardiologists, cardiac nurses and technicians who work together to deliver the best cardiac care, but not at the expense of caring.
The laboratory is staffed 24 hours a day to handle emergency and emergent procedures for local patients as well as for those transported from regional community hospitals.
Our experience and expertise in this, one of the most sophisticated of cardiac tests, is second to none. Our interventional cardiologists employ cardiac catheterization to diagnose disorders of the arteries, heart valves and heart muscle.
Proven extremely beneficial in eliminating blockages in the coronary arteries, interventional cardiology treatment procedures re-open diseased arteries that supply the heart with blood. They may be performed at the same time as the diagnostic cardiac catheterization.
Drug-eluting stents have reduced the rate of restenosisthe recurrence of blocked arteriesto five or six percent, making this procedure a major advance in treatment, especially for women who, because of their smaller arteries, have traditionally had problems with restenosis.
Our interventional cardiologists excel at this technique, which accesses the coronary circulation through the arteries in the wrist. It generates less bleeding and discomfort and fewer complications than traditional approaches to catheterization.