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Lake Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (LCDC) Services

Cardiac Catherization

is performed in an operating room that has special X-ray and imaging machines and are usually performed while you're awake, but sedated. An IV line will be inserted in your hand or arm, and will be used to give you any additional medications you might need during your procedure. You will also have monitors (electrodes) placed on your chest to check your heartbeat during the test. Just before the procedure, a nurse or technician may shave the hair from the site where the catheter will be inserted. Before the catheter is inserted in your artery, you'll be given a shot of an anesthetic to numb the area. You may feel a quick, stinging pain before the numbness sets in. After you feel numb, the catheter will be inserted. A plastic sheath will be inserted in the cut to allow your doctor to insert the catheter. A dye will be injected through the catheter, and X-ray images of your coronary arteries will be taken. For diagnostic purposes, images may be taken of your renal and peripheral systems as well.

Venous Ablation Therapy

an out-patient treatment of varicose veins. The endovenous ablation, uses radiofrequency to cauterize and close varicose veins in the legs. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, but it is most commonly used to help alleviate related symptoms such as aching, swelling, skin irritation, discoloration or inflammation. Endovenous ablation is safe, less invasive than conventional surgery, and leaves virtually no scars.

Lower Extremity Angiogram (Peripheral cath)

similar to the cardiac catherization, a lower extremity angiography is a test used to see the arteries in the hands, arms, feet, or legs. Angiography uses X-rays and a special dye to see inside the arteries with fluoroscopy.

Peripheral Intervention

including: Atherectomy, Thrombectomy, Angioplasty and Stenting

Atherectomy

minimally invasive endovascular procedure performed to remove atherosclerosis from the arteries.

Thrombectomy

an emergent minimally invasive endovascular procedure performed to remove thrombus or emboli from the affected artery.

Angioplasty

uses the angiography images to insert a balloon-tipped catheter into a narrow or blocked blood vessel where the balloon is then inflated to open the vessel and improve blood flow.

Stenting

uses the angiography images to the place a small wire mesh tube within the blood vessel to help keep it open

Renal Angiography

procedure to view the renal arteries using fluoroscopy and X-rays.