When it comes to making a cardiac diagnosis, time is muscle. The longer it takes to make an accurate diagnosis, the greater the risk of damaging heart muscle. Upon arrival at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono’s Mattioli Emergency Center, cardiac patients receive timely and accurate cardiac diagnoses in one of our catheterization labs, which are equipped with the most advanced diagnostic technology, including fluoroscopes (cameras that produce video X-rays of the heart and coronary arteries), precise heart monitors and viewing screens and advanced emergency equipment. Our cardiac catheterization team continues to exceed the national benchmark of 90 minutes door-to-wire time (i.e., the amount of time between the patient arriving at the emergency room and opening the patient’s artery in the catheter lab), with Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono’s patients receiving the best possible care.
By performing minimally invasive diagnostic catheterization tests, our cardiologists obtain clear and accurate pictures of the heart. After evaluating these images for blockages and abnormalities, they can then determine the best course of treatment. Although some patients may not require additional treatment, others may need percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which uses balloons and/or stents to open blocked arteries. For patients who require bypass surgery—an open-heart surgery that creates a new bypass for blood to flow around any blocked arteries—PMC has a nationally recognized cardiac surgery team.
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