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Cardiac Cath Lab

A digital cardiovascular catheterization lab (cath lab) is the latest addition to the Cardiovascular Center at North Florida Regional Medical Center to better serve its growing numbers of patients in the battle against heart disease.

The features of the cath lab, the third for North Florida Regional, include a greater emphasis on electrophysiologic procedures, as well as the use of new, digital filmless technology for improved patient care.

The rhythm of the heart is controlled by tiny electrical impulses that are carried over the heart’s electrical system. Tests to study the electrical condition of the heart may be necessary when rhythm irregularities cause symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, excessive fatigue, or loss of consciousness. Electrophysiologic studies measure the heart’s electrical system to test the stability of the heart’s rhythm and are performed primarily by cardiologist Otakar Quadrat, MD.

“Electrophysiology is a very specialized field, focusing on cardiac rhythm disturbances,” says Reida Squires, director of the Cardiovascular Center at North Florida Regional. “Basically, it allows us to study how the electrical impulses are sent through the heart muscle.”

A Place for a Heart Check

Although electrophysiologic procedures are the newest focus in the cath lab, the main diagnostic function of the lab is for cardiac catheterizations. These are performed to assess the status of the valves, pumping chambers and coronary arteries.

During a cath, small flexible tubes (catheters) are inserted into veins or arteries and are then guided into the various heart chambers. The catheters are small, about the diameter of a pencil lead, and can be passed through vessels without discomfort. X-ray dye is injected into the catheter, and cameras are used to record the images.

A Teamwork Focus on Patient Care

The cardiologists at North Florida Regional combine their expertise to make diagnoses and devise care plans. Cardiologists frequently collaborate on more complex cases, pooling their expertise to ensure patients receive the most advanced care possible.

“Collaborating on patient care will be facilitated by digital image processing in the new lab,” says Greg Imperi, MD, of Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville. “The primary physician, cardiologist, and if necessary, a cardiac surgeon, can review cases immediately after diagnostic catheterization is performed rather than waiting for film processing. Often, a shortened time from presentation to diagnosis can minimize heart damage and even save lives.”

The new cath lab’s technological advances also give the patient greater flexibility and convenience when scheduling care. Catheterizations performed earlier can be reviewed during office visits before discussing treatment plans. With all three cath labs networked into one databank, and by using remote reviewing stations, this can be done seamlessly and instantaneously.

Learn More

For a free copy of our heart care brochure or to be directed to someone who can answer your questions regarding heart care at North Florida Regional, please call (352) 333-4970.

Interventional Cardiologists

  • CHRIS CAPUTO, D.O.
    Cardiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • GREGORY A. IMPERI, M.D.
    Cardiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • JAY C. KOONS, M.D.
    Cardiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • ARTHUR LEE, M.D.
    Cardiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • JAMES O’MEARA, III, M.D., F.A.C.C.
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Cardiovascular Associates of Gainesville
  • HOWARD W. RAMSEY, M.D.
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • STEVEN ROARK, M.D., F.A.C.C.
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Cardiovascular Associates of Gainesville
  • BURTON SILVERSTEIN, M.D., F.A.C.C.
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Cardiovascular Associates of Gainesville
  • N. RAJ SUBRAMANIAN
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Electrophysiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • MARK TULLI, M.D.
    Cardiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • DANIEL VAN ROY, M.D.
    Cardiovascular Diseases
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville
  • TIM WESSEL, M.D.
    Cardiology
    Interventional Cardiologists of Gainesville