Cath Lab

Seconds count when it comes to a heart attack. So does top quality care. Thanks to our state-of-the-art catheterization (cath) lab, your heart will get the interventions it needs quickly and excellently.

Designed for speed

Our cath lab was designed to provide care quickly and efficiently. That’s why our helicopter pad was built directly over the cath lab and the emergency room. Patients experiencing a cardiac emergency have the quickest, closest access to our cath lab so treatment can begin quickly.

The American College of Cardiology recommends a door-to-balloon time of 90 minutes. The average for Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular is under 70 minutes.

Designed for quality

Our cath lab is staffed by interventional cardiologists — doctors who perform specialized diagnostic procedures as well as minimally invasive treatments using our cath lab’s extensive equipment. They are assisted by technologists and registered nurses specially trained in cardiac care.

Our cath lab procedures and technologies include:

  • Atherectomy and rotational atherectomy
  • Balloon valvuloplasty
  • Chronic total occlusion (CTO) opening
  • Coronary angioplasty
  • Dedicated interventional radiology suite with 4D imaging
  • Diagnostic left and right heart catheterization
  • Heart stenting
  • Impella heart support device
  • Instant wave-free ratio (IFR)
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closures
  • Rotational angiography with CT overlay ability
  • SyncVision intracardiac and intravenous imaging
  • Thrombectomy
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR)
  • Updated Siemens imaging equipment with reduced radiation

In addition to our flagship cath lab in Portland, we offer diagnostic cath lab services at our McMinnville locaion.


Interventional Cardiology

Learn more about how we approach interventional cardiology in a way that keeps you — and your heart — at the center of all we do.

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