Cath lab health professionals are a specialized group of healthcare workers who work in cardiac catheterization laboratories, commonly known as cath labs. They play a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of various heart and blood vessel conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, and congenital heart defects.
The cath lab team typically includes cardiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiovascular technologists, registered nurses, and radiologic technologists, who work collaboratively to perform minimally invasive procedures that involve the use of catheters, balloons, and stents.
One of the main procedures performed in a cath lab is cardiac catheterization. During this procedure, a long, thin, flexible tube (catheter) is inserted through a blood vessel, usually in the groin or wrist, and guided to the heart. This allows for the diagnosis and treatment of various heart conditions using real-time X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy).
Some common procedures performed in a cath lab include:
  1. Angioplasty: A procedure used to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries by inflating a small balloon within the artery, which can then be held open with a stent.
  2. Stenting: The placement of a small mesh tube (stent) within a blood vessel to help maintain its patency.
  3. Atherectomy: The removal of plaque from an artery using a specialized catheter with a cutting or grinding device.
  4. Electrophysiology studies: Diagnostic tests used to evaluate heart rhythms and identify abnormal electrical pathways. 
Cath lab health professionals are trained in various diagnostic and interventional procedures, patient care, and the operation of advanced medical equipment. Their expertise and teamwork contribute to improved patient outcomes and overall cardiovascular health. 
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