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Catheterization Lab

Adult Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Our heart catheterization lab is revolutionizing the way patients with cardiovascular diseases are being treated in New Mexico. This lab is part of Presbyterian’s commitment to offering the newest and most effective technology to create successful outcomes in less invasive ways.

The hybrid lab is a sterile environment, with the lighting and anesthesia capabilities for open-heart surgeries along with the imaging technology to support less invasive interventions. These techniques offer renewed hope to a range of patients with complex cardiac and vascular diseases and conditions. A variety of open and minimally invasive procedures can be performed in the hybrid lab.

The cardiac catheterization lab integrates many aspects of patient care, including imaging and electronic healthcare records, safely bringing together all of your information in one place.

What this means to you:

  • Better outcomes
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Safer operating room
  • Shorter procedure times
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer complications
  • Fewer infections

Interventional Cardiology

The Cardiovascular Lab at Presbyterian adheres to the America Heart Association's Mission Lifeline standards. Our process ensures prompt, seamless, effective treatment for heart attack patients throughout New Mexico.

Our interventional cardiologists treat blockages in arteries, heart valve narrowing, and some congenital heart disorders. Blockages caused by plaque or fatty deposits (atherosclerosis) narrow the width of arteries, restricting blood flow to your heart, muscles and other organs. When blockages are left untreated they become unstable and may lead to heart attack, stroke or amputation.

Our interventional cardiologists treat:

Our interventional cardiologists use a variety of techniques to diagnose and treat heart and blood vessel conditions.

Our Cardiovascular Lab Team at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care provides angioplasty and stenting to open acutely obstructed coronary arteries in select heart attack patients. The team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We consistently complete life-saving interventions in less than 90 minutes from the arrival of a heart attack patient. This emergency treatment is considered to be the most effective means of preserving the heart muscle when every minute counts.

For more information about heart catheterization and interventional cardiology services at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care, please call 505-563-2500, or toll free at 1-800-734-4278.

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Cardiac Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Management

Cardiac electrophysiology is a subspecialty of cardiology that focuses on diagnosing and treating severe, troublesome cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm). Usually, arrhythmia can be managed with medication, but patients whose arrhythmia is not controlled by medication, who cannot tolerate medication, or whose arrhythmia may be more serious, may benefit from consultation with a cardiac electrophysiologist.

We use sophisticated intra-cardiac mapping to pinpoint the origin or the pathway of an arrhythmia. Then we can treat or prevent those arrhythmias without the use of medication.

We also use devices to manage cardiac electrophysiology.

  • Pacemakers treat abnormally slow heart rhythms, particularly if they cause lightheadedness or syncope (fainting).
  • Specialized pacing of both the right and left side of the heart (biventricular pacing) can improve the pumping function of the heart (resynchronization therapy)—a new therapy for patients with congestive heart failure.
  • Automatic implantable cardiac defibrillators (AICDs) deliver shocks to the heart internally to treat certain serious and potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.

These implants, which help prevent sudden cardiac death, are considered minor surgical procedures and require brief hospital stays.

Our cardiac electrophysiologists are skilled at choosing the right arrhythmia treatment for you. They work closely with your clinical cardiologist and primary care physician.

For more information about cardiac electrophysiology services at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care, please call 505-563-2500.

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