By taking a team approach and individualizing patient care, we are able to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of all manifestations of heart disease such as coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and heart failure.
The multidisciplinary team of experts at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley provides accurate diagnosis and gender-specific care for the best cardiac outcomes. Prevention initiatives, leading-edge technology, and progressive treatments—HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley ties it all together to keep you healthy when your heart is at risk.
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley offers a comprehensive cardiovascular program that provides optimal quality of care and patient safety with a wide array of preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. Our goal is to detect and treat cardiac disease before it becomes life-threatening, and to provide services along a continuum, so that every patient's care is fluid and streamlined.
What is Cardiac Catheterization?
During a cardiac catheterization, a catheter is inserted into an artery or vein and threaded through the blood vessels to the heart. The interventional cardiologist can perform diagnostic tests, such as coronary angiography and ultrasound, through the catheter, to determine if and where there are blockages that impede the flow of blood to the heart muscle. The cardiologist is also able to perform treatment procedures through the catheter, such as angioplasty and stenting, to open a blocked artery.
For certain patients, including those who are obese, women and the elderly, and patients with peripheral vascular disease, transradial access provides documented reductions in bleeding complications, less back pain, quicker recovery and improved patient outcomes overall.
Many patients treated through the wrist are able to sit up and walk almost immediately after the procedure, as opposed to having to lie still for four-to-six hours. As a result, transradial cardiac catheterization patients may be more likely to be discharged from the hospital earlier than those treated via transfemoral access.