Cardiac Catheterization ​Program

Hahnemann's Cardiac Catheterization Program, commonly referred to as the cath lab, performs hundreds of procedures each year. These procedures can both diagnose and treat numerous heart conditions, offering patients interventional therapies instead of surgery. The team of physicians, nurses and technologists in our laboratories perform a wide range of services from routine outpatient diagnostic catheterizations to innovative advanced procedures for complicated cardiac diseases.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Catheterization offers patients the most precise diagnosis for many heart conditions coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and certain congenital heart conditions.

Hahnemann Cardiology's Catheterization Program offers conventional coronary angioplasty and stenting, along with alternative treatments to patients who have congenital heart anomalies, such as patent foramen ovale (PFO) or atrial septal defects (ASD). Cardiac plug devices are heart patches used for patients with these conditions, who would otherwise require either open-heart surgery or long-term treatment on a blood-thinning medication. The Catheterization Program is also experienced in performing thoracic and abdominal aorta repair utilizing a minimally invasive technique called endovascular. Repair to the aorta can be done without a large incision enabling a much shorter recovery period.

What is a cardiac cath lab? 

Hahnemann University Hospital’s cardiac cath lab allows for advanced diagnostic cardiovascular studies to be performed on a patient. The lab facilitates traditional cardiovascular interventional procedures, as well as advanced treatments for structural heart disease. The cath lab provides advanced integrated imaging, including 3-D angiography and intravascular ultrasound, for patients with cardiovascular disease.

Types of procedures offered include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a procedure used to treat an abdominal aneurysm (abnormal enlargement) of the abdominal aorta. Repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may be performed surgically through an open incision or via a minimally invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Using an endovascular catheter, stent and guidewire techniques, a synthetic graft device is maneuvered into place. The graft replaces the section of the aortic wall damaged by an aneurysm. At Hahnemann, we also perform thoracic aneurism repairs utilizing a similar method, reducing the recovery period from a surgical operation.
  • We offer advanced therapy, including peripheral lower extremity intervention, for patients who have arterial blockages in their legs. Our experienced physicians and staff utilize multiple techniques to clear severe blockages in the lower extremities.
  • Carotid artery stenting is a peripheral vascular intervention procedure that treats blockage in the arteries to the brain in order to help prevent strokes. Using angioplasty with a balloon catheter, a stent (a tiny, expandable metal coil) is inserted into the newly opened area of the artery to help keep the artery from narrowing or closing again.
  • Valvuloplasty is a less invasive procedure utilized to open a blocked heart valve on particular patients who meet criteria. This can be an alternative approach in certain situations to alleviate heart valve disease.

For more information on Hahnemann's Cardiac Catheterization Program, please call (215) 762-7092.