Bay Area Hospital’s cardiovascular team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to life-threatening emergencies. These conditions may include a severe heart attack, an occluded (blocked) artery, or acute arrhythmia.
Working in the Catheterization Lab, the cardiac team can address these emergencies with any of several life-saving services:
- Balloon angioplasty to expand a blocked artery.
- A stent to help keep an artery open.
- Thrombectomy to break up a clot and restore blood flow.
- A temporary pacemaker to regulate heart rhythm. (This will be replaced by a permanent pacemaker, usually the next day.)
- An Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump or a Ventricular Assist Device, either of which helps the heart pump blood.
Most cardiac emergencies can be treated immediately by Bay Area Hospital’s cardiac team. For a patient who needs surgery, the team stabilizes the patient’s condition and prepares the patient for emergency transport.