Our Cardiac Cath Lab

At Holy Family Memorial, our award-winning, nationally recognized cardiac cath lab is here and ready when you need us with the rapid response and expertise you can depend on.

When it comes to a heart attack, every minute matters.

When dealing with heart attacks, you often hear the term, “door-to-balloon time.” This refers to the amount of time between when a patient arrives at the hospital to the time they receive necessary treatment to open a blocked heart vessel. HFM’s door-to-balloon time consistently beats national averages. Our average time is 30 minutes, and we oftentimes clock in under 15 minutes. It’s this commitment to speed and excellence that’s led us to receiving national awards and recognition.

The American Heart Association has honored Holy Family Memorial with two Mission: Lifeline® awards for excellence in improving quality of care for heart attack patients. HFM has also been awarded the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology and is accredited by the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Get complete details on all of our cardiac awards and recognition here.

So what does this all mean for you? It’s simple—when you think cardiac care, think Holy Family Memorial.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization, commonly referred to as cardiac cath, is a diagnostic procedure for evaluating the heart and its blood supply, including:

  • Blood flow through the heart and coronary arteries
  • Pressure within the heart chambers
  • Detailed structure of the heart and vascular system
  • Heart’s pumping ability

During the procedure, a cardiologist uses a long, flexible tube called a catheter and an x-ray imaging system to gather information. Our innovative x-ray system at HFM is one of the most advanced in the nation. It cuts radiation exposure to patients by 73% while maintaining image quality and is able to adjust in real-time to the depth and area being viewed.