WellStar North Fulton Hospital opens new cath lab

Specialized cardiac care is available close to home

WellStar North Fulton Hospital has opened its new cardiac catheterization lab where patients can receive specialized cardiac care without leaving the North Fulton area.

A catheterization lab or cath lab is an examination room where doctors perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.

WellStar North Fulton’s new facility includes two cath labs, private waiting rooms for families and state of the art technology.

“When a heart attack occurs there’s a small window to clear those blockages. We have the team and the technology to get this done as quickly as possible without having to transfer the patient to another facility,” said Jeffery Penton, director of cardiovascular services at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

The new cath lab also allows physicians to perform electrophysiology procedures to treat abnormal heartbeats.
Equipment at the cath lab has been updated to offer a procedure known as cardiac swing. “For our patients, this means less exposure to radiation from the x-ray equipment. It reduces the number of images taken during a diagnostic catheterization from eight to two shots,” explained Penton.

Technology for cardiac care
WellStar North Fulton Hospital is now offering robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI), becoming the first hospital in metro Atlanta to offer the technology and one of only fifty sites worldwide.

Procedures are performed by interventional cardiologists using the Corindus Vascular Robotics CorPath GRX system. The CorPath GRX is the first and only FDA approved medical device to bring robotic-assisted precision to coronary interventions.

Coronary artery disease (CAD), characterized by plaque buildup that restricts blood flow in the coronary arteries, is a widespread and life-threatening condition. It is the most common form of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in America.

Traditionally, PCI is performed as a minimally-invasive treatment for severe CAD. In this procedure, a balloon is used to physically open an artery blockage and help improve blood flow. The new equipment at WellStar North Fulton improves on traditional PCI by increasing precision of stent and balloon placement, while also reducing radiation exposure.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a WellStar Medical Group cardiologist in your area, please call 770-956-STAR (7827). ❍