Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories
The full-service Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at White Plains Hospital provide the community with numerous options for diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. We opened the Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Lab in 2008 and began performing emergency catheterizations in 2010. In late 2015, the Hospital proudly opened the Marie Promuto Cardiac Cath Lab with state-of-the-art equipment to best meet the demand of a growing number of patients who are in need of interventional and emergency angioplasty, device implants and other procedures. In fact, our cardiac cath labs are two of only a small handful in Westchester County authorized to perform emergency and elective angioplasty. This level of service means that patients diagnosed with coronary artery blockages do not need a transfer to another facility to receive this critically important treatment.
White Plains Hospital continues to meet the challenge of enormous growth seen over the past several years. Our “door-to-balloon time” remains consistently under one hour and is an exceptional quality measure that demonstrates the focus and talent of our staff in both the emergency room and the cath lab. Interventional Cardiology is a specialty utilizing minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat blockages in the coronary arteries or other heart-related conditions. Interventional procedures performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at White Plains Hospital include:
Preparing for Cardiac Catheterization
White Plains Hospital provides several guidelines for how to prepare for cardiac catheterization. Below you will find a summary of the main points:
- You will be given specific instructions regarding what you can eat or drink for 24 hours before your cardiac catheterization procedure. Typically, you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything 6-8 hours prior to your procedure.
- Provide your doctor with a full list of medications you are taking. Depending on your test, you may be told not to take one of your prescription medication, over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements, the day of your procedure. However, do not stop taking any of your medications until you are specifically instructed to do so.
- Inform your provider of any allergies. Your doctor or nurse should be informed if you are allergic to iodine, shellfish, latex, rubber products or penicillin. These substances/materials may be present in certain cardiac cath lab testing procedures.
- Arrange for a ride home after your cardiac catheterization procedure. You may be instructed not to drive for a certain amount of time after your test.
- If you wear glasses, bring them to your appointment, rather than wearing contact lenses. Likewise, if you normally wear a hearing aid, you should wear it during your procedure. It is recommended you leave jewelry home when coming for your procedure.