Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Overlake’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab diagnoses and treats a wide range of heart and vascular conditions, with far fewer risks and complications than traditional surgery.
Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab is where doctors in our Interventional Cardiology Program investigate, evaluate and treat heart problems using catheters instead of surgery. It is home to the latest technology and a team of interventional cardiologists, nurses, and other providers who specialize in catheterization. This enables us to perform a wide variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures, and to achieve some of the region’s top outcomes.
Overlake’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is home to several individual labs. This includes two labs for interventional cardiology procedures, two for electrophysiology procedures, and one for interventional radiology and neurosurgery procedures.
There is also a new hybrid lab, where doctors can perform both catheterization procedures and open-heart surgeries. This enables our team to start out doing a catheterization procedure and, if needed, switch to open-heart surgery—without having to transport the patient to another room. This gives doctors the flexibility to adapt their approach and do what is best for the patient at every step. It also helps minimize the time that patients spend under anesthesia.
World-class heart attack care
Our catheterization team is a leader in using catheters to help patients overcome heart attacks (myocardial infarctions). Through close collaboration with Overlake’s Emergency Department, we quickly move patients into the catheterization lab and use advanced procedures to open the blockage that is causing their heart attack. This minimizes the consequences of heart attacks and positions patients for the best possible recovery.
Overlake’s heart attack care places us among the region’s top heart centers. Compared to other hospitals, a 2019 evaluation by the Cardiac Care Outcomes Assessment Program showed that we are able to clear arteries in less than 90 minutes in an above-average percentage of heart attack patients.