Matthew Nolan, MD, discusses how the Cath Lab works with the Emergency Department at Reading Hospital and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to quickly diagnose and treat a blocked artery.
Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
Our Cath Labs are equipped with the most advanced technology utilized by both cardiologists and vascular specialists. Procedures performed include:
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Coronary Ultrasound
- Radial Catheterization
Learn how radial catheterization is changing the way blocked blood vessels are being diagnosed and treated.
Learn how valvuloplasty helps patients achieve symptom relief when diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis.
From diagnosing a blocked artery to repairing a stenotic aortic valve, the Catheterization Lab at Miller Regional Heart Center (commonly referred to as the Cath Lab) offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for patients with coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease. Patients in Berks County and the surrounding communities have access to a highly trained, multi-disciplinary team of cardiac specialists who collaborate to determine the best available treatment options for each individual.
Common procedures performed in the EP Lab
Our EP Labs are equipped with state-of-the-art technology used to perform interventional procedures for cardiac arrhythmias.
- Cardioversion - a non-surgical procedure that uses paddles or pads to deliver an electrical impulse to the heart.
- Cardiac Cryoablation - a process that freezes tissue or heart pathways to restore normal electrical conduction of the heart.
- Implantable Defibrillator - a device that is inserted into the heart and chest that sends out a small amount of electricity to bring the heart rhythm back to normal.
- Pacemaker - a device that is inserted into a patient's heart and upper chest to provide a reliable heartbeat when the heart's own rhythm is too fast, too slow, or irregular.
- Radio Frequency Ablation - a procedure where part of the electrical conduction system of the heart tissue is ablated using the heat generated from a high frequency alternating current.
- Resynchronization Therapy (Biventricular Pacemaker/ICD) - a type of pacemaker that paces both heart ventricles at the same time, increasing the amount of blood pumped by the heart.
Learn how Ex-Maze, a new state-of-the-art procedure, is used to treat atrial fibrillation.
Learn how cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons work together to treat atrial fibrillation.
What is atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of heart arrhythmia. Treatment options include medication and surgical procedures including Ex-Maze and Atrial Fibrillation Ablation.
Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation
- Heart palpitations
- Lack of energy
- Dizziness, feeling faint or light-headed
- Chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
The Electrophysiology Lab at Miller Regional Heart Center (commonly referred to as the EP Lab) offers expert diagnostic testing and interventional treatment options for patients experiencing heart arrhythmias or an irregular heartbeat. Our expert team is trained in the most advanced methods and procedures used to treat rhythm disorders and insert defibrillators and pacemakers, used to help regulate heartbeats. If detected early, arrhythmias and other rhythm disorders can be treated without the need for open-heart surgery.
Learn how the hybrid operating room brings together the best in Imaging and surgical technology for the benefit of the patient.
Robert Brigham, MD, describes the benefits of performing vascular procedures in the hybrid operating room.
Learn how the hybrid operating room enables surgeons to clear blocked vessels near the heart through an innovative procedure.
Common procedures performed in the hybrid OR
Cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and vascular surgeons perform advanced procedures aided by the latest technology in our hybrid operating room, including:
- Endovascular Stent Graft
- Hybrid Coronary Revascularization
- Valve Surgery
- Off-Pump CABG
- Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR)
Treatment options for vascular disease
Vascular disease affects your blood vessels circulating throughout your body. Our vascular surgeons offer the latest treatment options for vascular disease, including:
- Angioplasty and Stenting
- Carotid Endarterectomy
- Endovascular Stent Graft
- Surgical Aneurysm Repair
- Thrombolytic Therapy
Treatments for heart valve disease
The High Risk Valve Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of heart valve disease. Common treatments include:
- Traditional Valve Surgery
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
- Transcatheter Mitral Valve repair
Hybrid Operating Room
Our new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room brings together traditional and minimally invasive procedures with advanced imaging capabilities. This allows cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and vascular surgeons to perform multiple procedures without multiple surgeries — which lead to less stress and a faster recovery time for patients.
Uday Dasika, MD, discusses the advantages of treating coronary heart disease using minimally invasive surgery and the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Christine McCarty, MD, discusses the advantages of robotic surgery.
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery
For patients who are a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, the da Vinci® Surgical System provides many benefits for patients, including:
- Lower rate of major complications and risk of major cardiac event the first year following surgery
- Less time in intensive care and a shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® Surgical System when used in a minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
da Vinci® Cardiac Procedures
If you need surgery to treat mitral valve prolapse or coronary artery disease, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive surgery with da Vinci.
da Vinci® Mitral Valve Repair is an alternative to conventional open heart surgery. The benefits of valve repair versus replacement include no need to take life-long blood thinners and less need for future valve replacement.
da Vinci®Coronary Revascularization is an treatment option for coronary artery disease. This type of bypass surgery avoids the needs for a sternotomy and lowers the associated risks and complications of traditional bypass surgery.
da Vinci® Surgical System
For many patients, medication and non-invasive surgical procedures are successful in treating a variety of heart conditions. But there are times when alternatives are required. One of them is the new, state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System – a minimally invasive treatment option that uses the most advanced technology. Cardiothoracic surgeons can perform complex cardiac and thoracic procedures with enhanced vision, precision, and control. This leads to reduced risk, pain, and recovery time while providing excellent clinical outcomes.