Patients with heart conditions come to Cabell Huntington Hospital to receive specialized inpatient and outpatient care. Treatment includes all aspects of dealing with heart disease, from the hospital stay through therapy in the hospital's outstanding outpatient rehabilitation programs.
The cardiac cath lab houses a Philips Integris biplane imaging system, the first of its kind in the Tri-State area. This equipment allows the cardiologist to view the heart from two angles at the same time, thus reducing the amount of radiation and dye received by the patient during the procedure. Procedures performed in the lab include diagnostic left and right heart catheterizations. Along with a state-of-the-art imaging system, Cabell Huntington Hospital's cath lab has the latest Philips Inturis image archiving and retrieval system. In addition, the lab is equipped with the GE Marquette Mac Lab 7000 computer, which has software for calculating cardiac outputs, valve areas, shunts and wave form analysis, as well as other pertinent patient information.
Under the medical direction of Mehiar El-Hamdani, MD, the lab is open to all invasive cardiologists who meet the requirements to perform procedures in a cath lab setting. Other lab personnel include three registered radiological technologists and two registered nurses who have more than 40 years experience in diagnostic and interventional cath lab procedures and critical care. One of the technologists is also credentialed as a registered cardiac invasive specialist. In addition to experience, our staff focuses on giving more individualized attention and care before, during and after each procedure. The cath lab was designed and built by in-house designers/planners, cath lab staff and maintenance personnel. It includes a waiting area and three private waiting rooms created especially with patient comfort in mind.