Cardiac Catherization Lab

Western Plains is the first hospital in Southwest Kansas to offer cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology. Previously, patients could not access this service without first driving two hours or more.

Since 2005 we have been providing convenient care to our patients by bringing this service closer to home. Our patients include a wide range of diagnoses including congenital heart disease, arteriosclerotic heart disease, valvular disease, arrhythmias, peripheral vascular disease, pulmonary disease, and neurovascular disease.

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Cardiac Catheterization is a procedure in which a tube is inserted into the heart vessels or heart chamber through one of the large arteries in the body.  The process may be for the diagnosis or treatment of different cardiac problems.

The Cath Lab at Western Plains is equipped with a state-of-the-art procedure room for performing numerous heart and vessel imaging studies and treatments. In the Cath Lab, trained specialists identify and diagnose heart problems, use medicines to dissolve blood clots, re-open blood vessels and remove obstructions within blood vessels.  Although cardiac catheterization is a highly specialized technique, nearly one million are performed each year in the U.S.

Our Team

Our Cath Lab team consists of an Interventional Cardiologist, Radiology Technologists, Nurses and Cardio-Vascular Technicians. All of our staff members are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training. In addition, the Cath Lab has an emergency crew available 24 hours, seven days a week, with a response time under 30 minutes. We strive to give the best and most comprehensive care to our patients and their families.

Today, the modern cardiac cath lab is home to a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment techniques that allow the doctor to tailor care for the very specific needs of individual patients. Patients at Western Plains benefit from the complete range of state-of-the-art care. Procedures range from diagnostic heart catheterizations, to peripheral interventions to implantations such as pacemaker or defibrillator implants.

Cardiovascular Facts

Cardiovascular diseases include coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction (heart attack), stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), rheumatic heart disease and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States, for both men and women. It claims more lives each year than the next five leading causes of death combined (cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, diabetes mellitus, influenza and pneumonia). In addition, stroke, the nation's number three killer, is also the leading cause of severe long-term disability.

Fourteen percent of all inpatient admissions each year are cardiovascular-related. 
Probable causes include these risk factors: current smokers, elevated blood cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes.