The Cardiac Cath Lab at Campbell County Memorial Hospital is equipped with
highly trained staff to perform the following procedures and device implantation:
• Biventricular intracoronary defibrillators: This is an electronic, battery-powered device that is surgically implanted
under the skin. It helps to improve symptoms of heart failure in patients.
This device improves survival, quality of life, heart function, the ability
to exercise, and helps decrease hospitalizations in select patients with
severe or moderately severe heart failure.
• Cardiac pacemakers: A small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal
heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart
to beat at a normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias, which
are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.
• Coronary Interventions (Angioplasty and Stents): Angioplasty is a procedure to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels that
supply blood to the heart. These blood vessels are called the coronary
arteries. A coronary artery stent is a small, metal mesh tube that expands
inside a coronary artery. A stent is often placed during or immediately
after angioplasty. It helps prevent the artery from closing up again.
• Implantable loop recorders (ILR): A small device that is implanted just under the skin of the chest to the
left of your breastbone that records the electrical activity of the heart.
ILRs are recommended for patients who experience symptoms such as syncope
(fainting), seizures, recurrent palpitations, lightheadedness, or dizziness.
• Intracoronary defibrillators (ICD): An electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. When it
detects a very fast, abnormal heart rhythm, it delivers energy to the
heart muscle. This causes the heart to beat in a normal rhythm again.
Studies have shown ICDs to have a role in preventing cardiac arrest in
high-risk patients who haven't had, but are at risk for, life-threatening
• Peripheral Artery Intervention: When patients suffer from hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis,
their arteries are partially blocked by a substance called plaque. When
these blockages occur in the legs or arms, they are called peripheral
artery disease. Peripheral vascular interventions remove the plaque and
restore the flow of blood through the artery.
• Renal (Kidney) Artery Intervention: Renal artery intervention (or stenting) is a procedure to open the renal
arteries (the large blood vessels that carry blood to the kidneys) when
they have become blocked due to renal artery stenosis (narrowing of the
renal artery). When a renal artery is clogged, blood flow to the kidneys
is affected. The procedure opens the blockage and restores normal blood flow.
• STEMI (heart attack intervention): ST-elevation myocardial infarction, or a STEMI heart attack, happens as
a result of a complete blockage in a coronary artery. A STEMI attack carries
a great risk of death and disability. The fastest way to diagnose whether
a heart attack is a STEMI or non-STEMI is through a device called a 12-lead
electrocardiogram (ECG). By diagnosing a patient on the scene rather than
waiting until they are transported to a hospital, emergency medical service
(EMS) personnel can determine the best course of action to take to begin
the appropriate means of treatment quickly.