The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center–also known as Cath Lab–specializes in catheterizations that are used to diagnose and treat a wide variety of heart problems in children and adults. The Cath Lab at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is equipped with digital imaging equipment and computers for fluoroscopy and cineangiogram, movies of the heart, which provide an evaluation of heart problems.
During a cardiac catheterization, catheters are threaded through the blood vessels to the heart. Catheters carry small devices that can restore heart defects such as blocked blood vessels. Typically, a tiny incision is made in the groin or neck to insert a catheter into an artery and vein. Catheterization Treatments can determine the following:
- If blood vessels in the heart have narrowed
- If the heart is pumping
- If blood is flowing normally
- If valves of the heart are functioning correctly
- If there are any heart abnormalities
Catheterization Treatments include the following:
- Coronary artery stents and angioplasty
- Peripheral artery stents and angioplasty
- Radial artery approach for stents and angioplasty
- Percutaneous closure of ASDs and PFOs
- Percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty and aortic valvuloplasty
- Alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Percutaneous left ventricular assist device
- Endomyocardial biopsies
- Right heart catheterizations
The Cath Lab at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
1000 Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
The Cath Lab is located on the 1st floor of the main hospital.
For a free physician referral or to speak with a registered nurse about your health questions, 24/7, please call Consult-A-Nurse® at (850) 864-0213.