Caring for Your Heart
Our state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory offers a broad spectrum of diagnostic and interventional procedures that formerly required a transfer to another institution.
During cardiac catheterization, a cardiologist inserts a thin, flexible tube into the patient’s artery. Working through this tube and employing radiologic imaging, the team can explore the patient’s heart and circulatory system. This minimally invasive procedure allows the team to diagnose and treat a variety of cardiovascular problems.
Having this facility at Bay Area Hospital means cardiac patients can receive the advanced diagnostic and interventional care they need without leaving their community.
How the Process Works
- Getting You Ready
- Families Are Welcome
- Finding the Problem
- On-The-Spot Repairs
- Emergency Care
- After Care
When Your Heart Can't Wait
Not all heart attacks are created equal. The major type of heart attack is called a STEMI (ST segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction).
A STEMI can kill you. When it strikes, speed is the key to survival. By performing advanced cardiac intervention as soon as possible, doctors can limit the heart muscle damage. That means a better chance of surviving, and a much healthier heart in the long term.
We have the facilities and the expertise to provide that care. This service is offered by our Heart Team 24/7-365.
In November 2019, Bay Area Hospital was recognized by the American College of Cardiology for the hospital's demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Bay Area Hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Click here to learn more about Common Heart Attack Warning Signs.
The Flight of Your Life
An air ambulance stationed at the North Bend airport is a critical factor in saving the lives of heart attack patients. The helicopter or airplane reduces patients’ travel time to Bay Area Hospital from remote areas such as Gold Beach or Powers. Often the onboard medical personnel can perform an electrocardiogram, forward the results to the hospital, and immediately administer medications ordered by your doctor.
A Timely Assist
If your heart attack can’t be treated at Bay Area Hospital, our cardiac care team can help keep your heart beating while you’re on your way to surgery elsewhere.
What to Expect
The cardiologist can insert a device called an IABP or a miniaturized heart pump called an Impella. Both devices may reduce workload on your heart and prove very helpful in the first hours of the heart attack.
Using cardiac catheterization, the doctor positions the IABP in the center of your aorta, below your heart. By inflating and deflating with the same rhythm as your heart, the IABP improves the function of your left ventricle, the chamber that pumps blood throughout your body.
Using cardiac catheterization, the doctor positions the percutaneous ventricular assisted device (pVAD)—the Impella—inside your heart. The pump helps with circulating the blood while it allows the heart to relax.
With the balloon pump helping your heart, a brief helicopter or airplane trip will deliver you to a heart surgeon for bypass surgery or another surgical solution.
Click here for more information on the ABIOMED Impella pump, visit.