Cardiovascular Catheterization Unit

McAlester Regional Health Center offers the very best in diagnostic and treatment options for Heart and Peripheral Vascular Disease. The Cardiovascular Catheterization Unit is comprised of a highly specialized team of Cardiovascular Technologists, Radiologist Technologists and Critical Care Nurses. The team works closely with Cardiologists and Vascular Surgeons who specialize in the treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular disease. The unit offers the latest imaging systems and equipment to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients.

MRHC Cardiovascular Catheterization unit offers:

  • 24 / 7  Emergent Cardiac Catheterization –  A STEMI is the most severe of the three types of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). ACS occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque ruptures in a coronary artery. The rupture causes blood clots to form inside the artery, which often leads to partial or complete occlusion of the artery. The heart muscle being supplied by the occluded artery begins to suffer from ischemia (lack of oxygen), which can manifest as angina (chest discomfort). If the blockage is severe enough heart muscle begins to die, and a myocardial infarction occurs. Quick medical treatment is vital to the patient with Acute Coronary Syndrome or STEMI.  MRHC Cardiac Catheterization Unit offers 24 / 7 Emergent Cardiac Catheterizations services which provides rapid response and treatment of patients suffering from a Heart Attack .
  • Diagnostic / Interventional Cardiac Catheterization – Cardiac catheterization and angiography are tests in which catheters (long flexible, thin tubes) are passed through blood vessels and into the heart, in order to evaluate the anatomy and function of the heart and surrounding blood vessels.
  • Angioplasty – also called “percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty,” or PTCA – is a catheterization procedure aimed at relieving blockages within arteries, most commonly the coronary arteries. Angioplasty works by inflating a tiny balloon at the site of an atherosclerotic plaque, flattening the plaque and reducing the stenosis (blockage) within the artery. In almost every case angioplasty is accompanied by insertion of a stent.
  • Diagnostic / Interventional Peripheral Angiography – A peripheral angiogram is a test that uses X-rays and dye to help your doctor find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to your legs The test is also called a peripheral arteriogram. Doctors use a peripheral angiogram if they think blood is not flowing well in the arteries leading to your legs or, in rare cases, to your arms. The angiogram helps you and your doctor decide if a surgical procedure is needed to open the blocked arteries. Peripheral angioplasty is one such procedure. It uses a balloon catheter to open the blocked artery from the inside. A stent, a small wire mesh tube, is generally placed in the artery after angioplasty to help keep it open. Bypass surgery is another procedure. It re-routes blood around the blocked arteries.
  • Permanent Pacemaker – A pacemaker is a device that helps regulate the the rhythm of the heart as well as the rate at which it beats. It may be used temporarily, such as after open heart surgery, or placed permanently, with a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Intra-Cardiac Defibrillator – The implantable defibrillator (ICD) – also called the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – is a surgically-implanted medical device that monitors your heart rhythm and automatically delivers lifesaving treatment should you suddenly develop the dangerous heart arrhythmias known as ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. ICDs are recommended for people who are known to have a high risk of sudden death from cardiac arrest.
  • Synchronized Cardioversion – Cardioversion is a medical procedure by which an abnormally fast heart rate (tachycardia) or cardiac arrhythmia is converted to a normal rhythm using electricity or drugs. Synchronized electrical cardioversion uses a therapeutic dose of electric current to the heart at a specific moment in the cardiac cycle.

For more information about cardiology services, visit our Southeast Clinic page.

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Office Hours

Phone: 918.421.4671
Fax: 918.421.8652
The Doctors’ Building
MRHC Campus 4 Clark Bass Blvd, Ste. 301 McAlester, OK 74501
Monday – Friday
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.