In its 2012 results, HealthGrades® has recognized the quality of Lourdes' catheter-based cardiac interventions by bestowing upon the program the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™.
In these specialized facilities, cardiologists determine the location and severity of narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries. For these diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, they use highly advanced imaging technologies to assess circulation to the heart walls that form the chambers of the heart.
Interventional cardiologists at Lourdes also treat blockages in these coronary arteries in the catheterization lab - performing thousands of angioplasties each year in the Camden lab alone. These procedures typically involve coronary stent insertions and may also require atherectomy procedures. Restoring coronary blood flow in this way helps many patients to avoid open-heart surgery.
The highly trained interventionalists on the Lourdes team, including vascular specialists, can also direct angioplasty and stenting to arteries in other parts of the body, including those that serve the kidneys, legs and feet. In addition, Lourdes cardiothoracic surgeons can sometimes treat abnormalities and defects in the heart using catheterization to make surgical repairs without the need for chest incisions.