The cardiac catheterization laboratories, or cardiac cath labs, at Froedtert Hospital and Froedtert Menomonee Falls Hospital are used to diagnose and treat patients with acute coronary disease and heart attack. Both cath labs are open 24/7 to meet the needs of patients experiencing a cardiac event. Each lab is equipped with the most advanced digital imaging technology available and offers life-saving procedures like angioplasty and stent placement to open blocked arteries.
Cardiac catheterization offers a minimally invasive way to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral artery disease (PAD) and structural heart disease. It involves making a small incision in the groin or wrist (radial catheterization) to access an artery. A catheter (a thin, flexible tube) is then placed in the artery and moved up to the heart to diagnose or treat heart conditions.
Diagnostic catheterization (angiography) is done to obtain information about the heart and its function. After guiding a catheter to the area being examined, a “dye” is injected through the catheter and X-ray images are taken to determine the presence of blockages in the arteries.
Catheterization to Unblock Arteries, Repair Heart Problems
Interventional catheterization is done as a treatment to open blocked coronary arteries or repair structural problems in the heart. Also known as endovascular procedures, these non-surgical treatments are performed from inside the blood vessel.
- Angioplasty and coronary artery stent placement
- Atherectomy (to remove plaque from arteries)
- Balloon angioplasty or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
- Thrombolysis (to remove clots from arteries)
- Valvuloplasty (to open a heart valve)
- Closure of PFOs and ASDs (holes in the heart).
Our interventional cardiologists, and vascular and interventional radiologists are among the most experienced in the region performing diagnostic and interventional catheterization procedures.
Learn more about angioplasty and catheterization procedures and the exceptional care available through our Coronary Artery Disease Program.
Our Cardiovascular Program continues to receive recognition as one of the top programs nationally. We are honored to provide high-quality, effective care for even the most high-risk patients.
Check Out Our Heart and Vascular Program Awards and Recognition
In its 2024 Specialty Excellence Awards, Healthgrades recognized Froedtert Hospital as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention, as well as other specialty achievements in various areas.
Froedtert Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ by Fortune and PINC AI™. Froedtert Hospital demonstrated significantly higher survival rates associated with cardiac care, with fewer readmissions and complications. To select top performers, an objective, independent, quantitative research analysis was performed using publicly available data measuring cardiac care in the U.S. Those in the top 50 operated at a lower cost and had better outcomes, had significantly higher inpatient survival rates, fewer patients with complications, lower readmission rates and spent up to $5,076 less in total costs per patient case. If all hospitals operated at the level of the top 50, there would be 7,600 fewer deaths due to heart disease, 6,700 fewer patients with complications and more than $1 billion saved each year, according to the analysis.
The Society for Vascular Surgery's Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) has awarded Froedtert Hospital three out of three stars for its active participation in the Registry Participation Program. The mission of the SVS VQI is to improve patient safety and the quality of vascular care delivery by providing web-based collection, aggregation and analysis of clinical data submitted in registry format for all patients undergoing specific vascular treatments. The VQI operates 14 vascular registries.
The American Heart Association recognized Froedtert Hospital with its Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Award. In addition, the hospital was recognized on the AHA’s Target: Heart Failure(SM) Honor Roll and received the AHA’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ award.
The American Heart Association also recognized Froedtert Hospital with its Get With the Guidelines® — Coronary Artery Disease Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Silver Plus and Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Silver awards. These awards demonstrate our commitment to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks.
The American Heart Association recognized Froedtert Hospital with its Get With the Guidelines® AFib Gold Award.
The Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Froedtert Hospital have each received a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This award recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Receiving this national three-year award with gold, silver and bronze designations, marks a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment.