Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Wheeling Hospital is the only area medical facility to provide balloon angioplasty,
and its Cardiac Catheterization Lab staff can proudly say it performs the procedure
in nearly one-half the time recommended by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
The ACC, under it's "D2B: An Alliance for Quality" (www.d2balliance.org) campaign, recommends that hospitals
performing balloon angioplasty reopen clogged arteries in heart attack victims within
the nationally recommended 90 minutes or less. Wheeling Hospital's average for the
procedure is 48 minutes. The D2B, or door-to-balloon, time study involves several
departments working together to get patients having heart attacks to the cath lab
as quickly as possible. It is proven that the quicker the artery causing the heart
attack can be opened, the less heart damage will result.
Like other facilities, Wheeling Hospital has cardiologists who perform heart catheterizations
to determine the amount of artery blockage. But locally, only Wheeling hospital
has interventional cardiologists who can perform balloon angioplasty to open the
In addition, Wheeling Hospital is now the first medical facility in the Northern
Panhandle to offer complete service for electrical problems of the heart, including
electrophysiology (EP) studies, device implantation of pacemakers, defibrillators,
heart failure devices as well as complex ablations.
Cath Lab Procedures
- Routine cardiac catheterization
- Right heart catheterization
- Balloon angioplasty
- Coronary stent insertion
- Electrophysiology (EP) studies / ablations
- Pacemaker implant
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD)
- IVUS - intravascular ultrasound
In 2009 the lab performed 1,357 diagnostic procedures, 593 angioplasty/stent interventional
cases and 313 electrophysiology cases.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab is staffed by nurses with an average of 21 years
of nursing experience and radiological technologists with an average of 16 years
of experience. Dr. Robert Fanning is director of the lab.