Submitted by Providence

This year, more than 4,000 patients will be cared for in the Cardiac Cath Labs at Providence St. Peter Hospital. Providers from Providence Cardiology Associates who operate in the Cath Labs perform treatments for coronary heart disease. These regularly performed procedures include diagnostic caths and interventional procedures like coronary stents, and balloon angioplasty. Other common procedures include device implants.

Providence cath lab equipment
Photo courtesy: Providence

One of the most important things done in the Cath Labs is the imaging. Equipment produces pictures of the arteries – showing what blockages are in the coronary arteries in the heart – helping caregivers perform life-saving procedures.

Thanks to a $4.3 million investment from Providence, new imaging equipment is being installed in the Cath Lab.

“Like any visual equipment, technology is improving and we’re really excited to get the best to care for our patients,” said Kurt Miller, director of the Heart Program at St. Peter. “We’ll get better pictures, and there will be less radiation doses, making it safer for our patients and caregivers.”

More than a dozen providers and two dozen other caregivers work in the four Cath Labs at St. Peter. With the 4,000 procedures annually, the rooms are in use about 10 hours each weekday and used for emergency procedures on the weekends.

“It’s a very busy area,” said Miller. “From the diagnostic to the intervention procedures, we have a lot going on.”

Providence cath lab equipment GE
Photo courtesy: Providence

Providence Cardiology Associates diagnose heart issues and offer the very best treatment options so you can feel better and live a longer, healthier life. The providers treat many heart conditions, including:

  • Abnormal heart valves
  • Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Chest pain/angina
  • Coronary artery disease (narrowing or blockage of the arteries)
  • Heart failure
  • Heart muscle disease, including cardiomyopathy and myocarditis
  • Irregular electrical activity of the heart

Other services include:

  • Complex blood pressure management
  • Complex cholesterol management
  • Heart disease evaluation and risk assessment
  • Holter monitoring (via a portable device that records heart activity)
  • Prevention and lifestyle education to manage heart and vascular disease

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Providence Cardiology Associates at 360.413.8525. Their offices are located at 500 Lilly Road NE, Suite 100, in Olympia.


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