Cath Lab


To schedule a consultation with physicians in the Advanced Heart Care group please call 903-885-3059.



The Advanced Heart Care program offers to the community tests and treatments right here in Sulphur Springs. And CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs, with its 60 years in the community and "friends taking care of friends" philosophy, is primed to make patients and their families feel comfortable during their stay.


At Advanced Heart Care's interventional cardiac cath lab, physicians can perform balloon, stent and pacemaker procedures for heart patients and for patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD).


Doctors can also place pacemakers and defibrillators for patients with complex heart rhythm disorders. These onsite services dramatically reduce the need for patients to travel outside Sulphur Springs to receive high-quality cardiovascular care.


People in and around Sulphur Springs who need blockages cleared from their chest can take advantage of the new cardiac cath lab.


There are two main ways a person might find they need cardiac catheterization. For some, a heart attack or threatened heart attack brings them to the emergency room. Others might have mild, intermittent symptoms and their doctor could recommend cardiac catheterization.


Dr. Manuel Cruz, a cardiologist on the medical staff at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, says that any chest discomfort deserves an examination by your doctor. He notes that while symptoms of heart problems are often similar with both men and women, women see more variation. "It's important for women who have back pain, fatigue, neck pain or jaw pain-things that are not necessarily heart-related in your mind-to get checked out," he says.


A cardiologist or internist may recommend a stress test, and if results are abnormal cardiac catheterization may be in order.


The process is fairly straightforward. A nurse starts an IV, and once you're in the catheterization lab you are given a mild intravenous sedative and then your groin is cleansed with a sterilizing solution. The cardiologist places little tubes in your artery, via the groin, to access the heart's arteries. He or she injects dye so that the vessels feeding blood to the heart become visible. If there are blockages, placing a balloon at the site of the blockage and inflating it can fix them-the plaque gets pushed to the side and the artery is clear. He or she can then insert a stent-a device that improves the chances that the artery will remain open in the long term.


"We are able to provide attention to many arteries with stents," explains Dr. Cruz.


For a routine stent placement, most people are able to go home the next day. Following a heart attack, they may stay in the hospital for three days. Care at home involves letting the groin and artery heal by avoiding heavy lifting and stair climbing. "People with office jobs can generally get back to work very soon," says Dr. Cruz.


To schedule a consultation with physicians in the Advanced Heart Care group please call 903-885-3059.


V. Ram Aligeti, M.D.


Manuel Cruz, M.D. FACC


David N. Edwards, M.D. Ph.D. FACC


Adam Shapira, M.D. Electrophysiologist


Jai Varma, M.D. FACC FSCAI


Don Wurzburg, M.D. FACC


Gina Pritchard, Nurse Practitioner



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