Sanford Cardiac Cath Lab
The Sanford Cardiac Cath Lab, located within Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, ND, provides catheter-based treatments for heart disease. As minimally invasive procedures, catheter-based interventions can help reduce pain, minimize scars, decrease the chance of infection and shorten recovery times.
Equipped with state-of-the-art digital imaging and treatment technology, the cath lab is used to treat emergency patients in the midst of a heart attack as well as patients scheduled for diagnostic and interventional procedures. These include:
- Angiogram: Using catheters, doctors can determine, with the aid of imaging fluids and X-ray technology, where a blockage may be located.
- Angioplasty: By using balloon-tipped catheters inserted through the groin or wrist doctors can open arterial blockages, allowing blood to flow freely.
- Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure: Using catheters, doctors repair a hole between a patient’s upper heart chambers in the cardiac catheterization lab by placing a wire mesh patch into the heart to close the hole.
- Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS): Allows doctors to see images inside the heart and coronary arteries to assist with diagnosis and treatment.
- Pacemakers and defibrillators These devices are designed to help keep hearts beating at the right pace and rhythm.
- Stents: Following an angioplasty, the doctor may insert a small mesh-like tube called a stent into the vessel that was blocked, significantly reducing the chance of another blockage in that area.
Sanford Health's catheterization statistics exceed national averages on nearly every measurement. For example, the lab has achieved a 98 percent success rate with PTCA/stent procedures, a .7 percent clinical restenosis rate, an overall complication rate of 1.38 percent and less than 2 percent of our interventional procedures converted to emergent coronary bypass surgery.
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501