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Heart Awareness Month: Cath Lab

February 16, 2012

By Kaylin Krashesky

MEDFORD, Ore. — February is Heart Awareness Month, as heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. Once a heart attack happens, sometimes patients can be taken to the Cath Lab.

In the Cath Lab, cardiologists work to see what the arteries around the heart look like. If an artery is blocked, doctors can insert a stint and open it up to restore blood flow.

Doctors recommend if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack to call 911 rather than drive yourself in. This helps save time, because the paramedics can call ahead and let the hospital know if they need to get a room in the Cath Lab ready. The faster this process happens, the better the chances are for saving the heart- and saving a life