Pikeville Medical Center’s (PMC) state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization (Cath) labs feature technology and imaging systems that enable physicians to provide cutting-edge care. The equipment offers PMC’s physicians better images of the heart and more sophisticated equipment, allowing them to provide better care.

The PMC Heart and Vascular Institute specialists perform a broad range of minimally invasive procedures, from the most basic to the most advanced heart procedure performed in a cath lab. The technology allows patients to undergo procedures at Pikeville Medical Center that were once performed only in larger cities.

“These labs equip us to provide almost everything available in the world of cardiology now and for many years to come,” explained PMC Medical Director of the Cath Lab and Interventional Cardiologist, Muhammad Ahmad, MD. “This technology is amazing.  During a procedure, I can see a CT image from radiology, an ultrasound image and an MRI on the monitor at the same time.”

The ability to view multiple images during a procedure can provide quicker and easier results for physicians when caring for a patient. The cath labs at PMC are designed to function as a surgery area to begin the next level of care when necessary.

As an added feature for the patients, each cath lab has a stereo system that plays soothing music to help patients remain calm and relaxed before their procedure. The labs also feature special lighting and monitors that display calming images.

For more information about services provided at the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute, visit https://www.pikevillehospital.org/services/heart-and-vascular-institute/ or call 606-430-2201.