Interventional Cardiology

Cardiac Cath Lab

Some of the most important and intricate heart procedures are performed in BSA’s Cardiac Cath Lab. Our state-of-the-art lab offers Amarillo patients exceptional care close to home.

The majority of patients seen in the catheterization lab have either failed a stress test in their doctor’s office or displayed an abnormal EKG or lab test, all of which are strong indicators of blockage forming in the arteries of the heart. The cath lab also treats emergency patients in the midst of heart attacks, some of whom have never exhibited signs of heart trouble previously.

With the help of advanced technology, many heart problems are diagnosed and treated before they become significant. Skilled cardiologists work with the cath lab team to perform heart catheterizations — a procedure in which a thin flexible tube called a catheter is threaded into the heart to evaluate whether the coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked.  With our brand new imaging system, the internal images are crystal clear, allowing cardiologists to pinpoint the exact size and location of the blockage and determine the best treatment options such as coronary stent placement, balloon angioplasty, or recommending coronary bypass.  

The BSA Cardiac Cath Lab provides the following services:

  • Left Heart Caths
  • Right Heart Caths
  • Radial Artery Access
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty
  • Coronary Stent Placement
  • Cardioversions
  • Endomyocardial Biopsies
  • Intra-vascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Coronary Atherectomy Procedures
  • Insertion of Temporary Pacemakers

EP Lab

The specially trained staff of the Electrophysiology Lab (EP Lab) at BSA uses the latest technology to provide high quality cardiac care to our patients.  The EP Lab sees patients who are experiencing symptoms of an irregular heartbeat including shortness of breath, lightheadedness or fainting spells.

Making use of excellent technology, the BSA EP Lab performs procedures that alleviate heart rhythm problems for our patients and improve quality of life, while avoiding a major, invasive open-heart surgery.

An EP study is a test used to record the electrical activity inside the heart.  During an EP study, thin, flexible wires called electrode catheters are inserted into the veins and threaded into the heart.  These catheters measure electrical activity and generate detailed pictures called electrograms, which show how electrical signals flow inside the heart.  By looking at these electrograms, a doctor can determine if there is a heart rhythm abnormality (arrhythmia) and the best way to treat it.

Abnormal electrical pathways can be located and destroyed during an EP study in a non-surgical procedure called Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation.  When the source of abnormal electrical impulses is identified, heat is passed through the catheter to selectively destroy the heart tissue responsible for the arrhythmia.  Catheter ablation is a relatively low-risk procedure that, if successful, permanently cures heart rhythm problems allowing patients to lead more active and productive lives.

BSA offers the following Electrophysiology Services:

  • Radiofrequency arrhythmia ablation
  • Pacemaker implantation
  • Automatic defibrillator implantation