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Cardiac Catheterization Lab at DCH Regional Medical Center

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab enables a cardiologist to detect blocked arteries in heart attack victims or people experiencing heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain. In order to detect blocked arteries, a physician inserts a flexible catheter into the patient’s vein that supplies blood to the heart, usually through the leg. The catheter releases a dye into the arteries so they can be seen by X-ray.

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab provides invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services, including angioplasty. During angioplasty, a tiny balloon is inserted into an artery to clear it of fatty deposits. Stents are inserted into an artery to prevent it from closing after bypass surgery or angioplasty. Temporary and permanent pacemakers are also implanted in the cath lab. Total patient care is provided by a registered nurse.

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is staffed Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A registered nurse, radiologic technologist and a scrub technician will be on call weekdays after 3:30 p.m., on weekends and holidays. The Cardiac Catheterization Lab provides coverage for emergency procedures 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are four procedure rooms and eighteen pre and postprocedure rooms in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. These rooms are to prepare patients for a procedure and where they return after a procedure to rest and recover before going home. A spacious waiting room for this area offers convenience and privacy for families. The waiting room was funded with proceeds from the 2007 Lucy Jordan Ball. The cath lab also includes a check-in and registration desk for patients, and a consult room for physicians to meet with patients and their family.

Cardiac Ablation

Cardiac ablation is used to treat certain heart rhythm problems that medicines are not controlling. These problems may be dangerous if not treated. Click here for more information.

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Electrocardiograms detect and diagnose heart abnormalities and generate a record of the electrical currents associated with heart muscle activity. EKGs are provided around the clock at DCH Regional Medical Center and STAT (emergency) response for emergencies is provided.


Echocardiograms use ultrasonic waves to visualize structural and functional abnormalities of the heart. Echocardiograms are performed at DCH Regional Medical Center from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Cardiology department, located on the first floor. Staff is on call 24 hours a day for emergency procedures. STAT response is available for emergency situations. Echocardiograms are performed on patients of all ages with suspected cardiovascular disease, or who are scheduled to undergo a procedure in which a physician desires a baseline Echocardiogram.

Cardiac Surgical Unit at DCH Regional Medical Center

The Cardiac Surgical Unit, located on the fourth floor of DCH Regional Medical Center, is designed to care for postoperative cardiac surgical patients. The unit includes a four-bed intensive care unit for critical care during the immediate postoperative period, and an eight-bed step-down unit for further recovery until discharge. The CSU is a sponsor of the Open Heart Surgery Club.

Acute Cardiac Care Unit/Cardiac Intervention Unit at DCH Regional Medical Center

The Acute Cardiac Care Unit provides care for nonsurgical, acutely ill cardiac patients requiring intensive care. ACCU is located on the first floor of DCH Regional Medical Center. It is a 16-bed unit with all private rooms and is designed to provide intensive care nursing and close observation of patients. Adjacent to the ACCU is the Cardiac Intervention Unit. The CIU provides patient care for nonsurgical, cardiac patients who require close observation after invasive and intervention procedures.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive, long-term program that involves medical evaluation, prescribed exercise, modifying risk factors, education, counseling and behavioral interventions. These services are designed to help people with heart disease speed up their recovery and return to regular activities. It can also help reduce the risk of having future heart problems. Click here to learn more about Cardiac Rehab.