Funds raised in 2017 and 2018 helped fund a new C-Arm for the Heart Catheterization Laboratory at Royal Jubilee Hospital as part of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s $3.2 million In A Heartbeat campaign. $160,000 was raised through the 2017 Heart Tournament and $120,000 was raised in 2018.
Not every cardiovascular ailment requires surgery, but many still require intervention. Patients requiring this specialized care called Interventional Cardiology specialty come to the Heart Catheterization Lab at Royal Jubilee Hospital.
Our expert caregivers in the Heart Catheterization Lab and the Didar S. (Ted) Doman Cardiac Short Stay Unit pioneered an innovative radial artery access approach for diagnostic and complex interventional cardiac procedures. These involve a catheter is introduced through the patient’s wrist rather than their groin. In fact, Royal Jubilee Hospital and its clinicians are so renowned for interventional cardiac care that they host an international fellowship in Interventional Cardiology, a program which is regularly full to capacity.
A floor-mounted C-arm fluoroscopic X-ray system is used during an angiogram. This diagnostic procedure is performed by a cardiologist to obtain detailed X-ray images of the patient’s heart and coronary blood vessels. The images produced by an angiogram help the doctor identify any arteries that are narrowed or blocked, exactly where those blockages are, and their size. This interventional diagnostic procedure is performed for patients who have experienced symptoms of concern, who have a significant family history of heart disease, or who have had an abnormal cardiac stress test—all possible indicators of heart disease.