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​​Cardiac Catheterization Lab​Quality outcomes and innovative treatment approaches are two of the main focuses of the catheterization lab. The interventional cardiologists on Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano medical staff and cath lab staff also place a high priority on patient safety and comfort. Safety and quality are carefully monitored by a panel of physicians who review every angioplasty procedure done in our hospital. All of these procedures are also reported to a national quality registry.

For the safety of our guests, the cath lab has initiated the “Stop the Line” process. If at any time during a procedure a staff member needs to stop a procedure for clarification, our team has the full and immediate support and attention of our medical directors. Guest safety is at the center of our patient care.

Procedures conducted in the cath lab to diagnose your condition may include:

  • Coronary, carotid, renal, peripheral and other forms of angiography
  • Coronary anatomy and physiology assessment with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), optical coherence tomography (OCT), or fractional flow reserve (FFR)
  • Endomyocardial biopsy
  • Evaluation of complex valvular disease
  • Left and right heart hemodynamic assessment
  • Constriction and restriction studies

Procedures conducted in the cath lab to treat or manage your condition may include:

  • Angioplasty and stenting to treat coronary artery disease
  • Angioplasty and stenting for peripheral artery disease (PAD) affecting the legs or kidneys
  • Balloon dilation and stent placement to treat coarctation of the aorta
  • Balloon valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to treat aortic valve stenosis and balloon valvuloplasty to treat mitral valve stenosis
  • Carotid angioplasty and stenting
  • Chronic total occlusion (CTO) coronary intervention
  • Closure of periprosthetic valve leaks
  • Clot removal with aspiration device (thrombectomy)
  • Treatment to repair a leaking mitral valve
  • Nonsurgical closure of ostium secundum atrial septal defect (ASD) or patent foramen ovale
  • Percutaneous mitral valve replacement and repair​, a minimally invasive procedure to treat mitral valve disease
  • Plaque removal with a rotating device (atherectomy), laser device, and cutting balloon
  • Pulmonary artery angioplasty to open lung arteries blocked with chronic clots and help improve pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary vein intervention to treat veins blocked after an ablation procedure
  • Robotic coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • Septal ablation to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Transcatheter insertion of coil or occluder to treat patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) to treat mitral regurgitation
  • Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR) for congenital heart problems with the pulmonary valve
  • Percutaneous ventricular assist devices

Patients should call 1.855.9BAYLOR for a referral to a physician on Baylor Scott & White Heart – Plano medical staff that specializes in cardiac catheterization. Referring physicians may call 469.814.3565 to schedule a patient for evaluation.