St. Vincent’s Private Hospital perform all invasive diagnostic or interventional procedures in our Cardiac Catheterisation Lab (Cath Lab).
Patients referred to the Cardiac Cath Lab will be admitted under the care of a Consultant Cardiologist, who will perform all invasive diagnostic or interventional procedures. There is no need for patients to bring referral documentation on the day of the procedure
After an angiogram has been performed, either immediately before or in previous days or weeks, your Consultant Cardiologist may decide that intervention is required to open up or widen a blocked or narrowed artery.
Having obtained images of the diseased vessel, a small balloon will be guided into the blockage and expanded at high pressure for a short period of time to push back any plaque against the walls of the artery. The balloon will then be removed. This alone may help to alleviate any symptoms. However, it is usually necessary to insert a stent, which is a small scaffold inserted into the same position as the balloon and expanded to hold the artery open. The stent remains in the artery permanently and most stents are coated in a medication which helps to prevent recurrence of the narrowing in the stented portion of the artery.
After the procedure has finished, a tight band will be wrapped around the wrist to prevent bleeding. This will be loosened gradually over the following 2-4 hours. Patients undergoing angioplasty require an overnight stay, so that they can be monitored for complications.
For further information, contact our Cardiology Department