Cardiac cath lab

Leading the way in cardiac catheterization

Whether it’s doing pioneering research on bioabsorbable stents or performing minimally invasive heart valve replacements, ETMC has a history of advancing heart care in the cath lab. Led by fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians, our team members each have decades of experience. Together they provide life-enhancing and lifesaving procedures for the people of East Texas.

“We have so much more to offer patients now in terms of early chances to open up closed arteries through the cath lab without going to the operating room. We’ve been able to save lives and also prevent permanent damage to the heart muscle that would become crippling over time.”

– Cardiologist Stephen Sigal, MD, FACC, FAHA

Diagnosing and treating heart conditions

The professionals of the ETMC cath lab perform a range of cardiovascular tests and treatments including

  • collecting blood samples from the heart
  • measuring pressure and blood flow in and around the heart
  • gauging the oxygen flow in different parts of the heart
  • examining the arteries of the heart
  • studying the peripheral arteries of the limbs
  • taking biopsies of the heart muscle
  • performing angioplasty to clear blocked arteries
  • placing stents to open blocked arteries
  • conducting minimally invasive heart procedures