Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Tampa General’s Heart and Vascular Institute is a world-class, comprehensive cardiovascular care program. We’ve been ranked as one of America’s Best Hospitals and the highest-ranked hospital in Florida for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2020-2021, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring the best outcomes for all our cardiovascular patients, including the highest risk cases.
Within the institute, our Interventional Cardiology Center of Excellence maintains a state-of-the-art facility that features six cardiac catheterization labs, allowing us to offer a full range of non-surgical treatment options, including electrophysiology and invasive cardiology procedures that result in less pain and faster recovery for our patients.
The invasive cardiologists at TGH perform many procedures to treat heart conditions affecting the heart’s valves and arteries. Procedures include:
- Atherectomy (Rotablator)
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Balloon Valvuloplasty / Mitral Valvuloplasty
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Transradial Heart Catheterization
- Intra-Cardiac Echocardiography (ICE)
- Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
- Radiofrequency Ablation
The cardiac clinical electrophysiologists at TGH are board-certified experts in the electrical activity of the heart. This activity, known as the cardiac conduction system, is the transmission of electrical impulses from the top of the heart to the bottom of the heart, which causes the heart to contract and pump blood. In conjunction with a diverse, multidisciplinary team of other cardiac specialists, our electrophysiologists perform EP studies at a high volume to diagnose and treat dysfunctional heart rate and heart rhythms. Patients who are obese, hypertensive or have sleep apnea are most at risk for developing heart conduction system problems.
Electrophysiological Conditions We Treat
Conditions we commonly treat include:
- Heart arrhythmias
- Heart failure
- Atrial fibrillation
- Valvular diseases
- Problems caused by previously performed heart surgeries
Our procedures aim to restore normal function to the heart’s electrical system and include:
- Ablation for atrial fibrillation
- Conduction system pacing
- Cardiac electrophysiology studies
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Ventricle tachycardia (VT) ablation
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy
- Device lead removal
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
TGH is among the first hospitals in the Tampa Bay region to offer a new high-tech catheter device that can improve outcomes of patients treated for atrial fibrillation (Afib). The ThermoCool® SmartTouch® catheter, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, enables doctors to accurately control the amount of contact force applied to the heart wall during radiofrequency catheter ablation procedures. To learn more about cardiac catheterization, click here.
Clinical Trials & Published Studies
Our interventional cardiology team participates in several clinical trials, including ones involving Afib and ablation catheter technology. Additionally, TGH has been at the forefront of conduction system pacing studies, which focus on directly stimulating the heart’s own pacing system to help it more normally sustain its electrical impulses. This is in contrast to the conventional approach of heart muscle pacing.