Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) at University Hospital Sharjah
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, or Cath Lab, uses the latest technology to help treat emergency patients in the midst of a heart attack as well as short-stay patients undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
At UHS our team of cardiologists, technicians and nurses knows that time is of the essence when treating heart attack. To diagnose and treat patients, they use our advanced state-of-the-art catheterization lab, which is the insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart to diagnose and treat heart problems in the coronary arteries or in the chambers and valves of the heart. This procedure helps cardiologist treat heart disease by measuring vital information about the heart, blood pressure, blood oxygenation, level of artery blockage and the functioning of the heart muscle and valves. Restoring coronary blood flow in this way helps many patients to avoid open-heart surgery.
In addition, UHS cardiologists can now perform catheterization procedures through the wrist. This is called radial catheterization since it involves the radial artery.
Most catheterization laboratories are "single plane" facilities, those that have a single X-ray generator source and an image intensifier. But UHS has the latest digital cath labs are biplane (have two X-ray sources) and digital, flat panel labs, enabling us to get a more accurate and detailed view of the heart.
Using the Cath Lab, UHS’s cardiologists are able to perform:
- Coronary Angiography or Coronary catheterization
- Coronary Angioplasty or Percutaneous coronary intervention / PCI
- Closure of some congenital heart defect
- Treatment of stenotic heart valves
- Permanent and temporary pacemaker implantations
- Electrophysiological studies such as AV node ablation
- Rotablation of heavily Calcified vessles
- Left and right Sided pressure studies
- Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation