The Bon Secours Heart Team at the award-winning Heart Disease Center quickly evaluates and treats patients experiencing heart disease with a full range of treatment options from medical management to advanced interventions.
Every Minute Matters
At Bon Secours, we know that every minute matters when you are experiencing chest pain. The longer it takes to restore blood flow to the heart directly correlates to the amount of damage the heart may sustain.
Bon Secours emergency department physicians, Heart Team cardiologists and catheterization lab staff work collaboratively to consistently achieve door-to-balloon times that are better than national averages.
The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend a door-to-balloon time of no more than 90 minutes. Door-to-balloon time measures the time of a patient’s arrival in the emergency department to the opening of the blocked coronary artery with a balloon catheter, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention.
The Heart Disease Center offers the latest treatment options including radial artery cardiac catheterization, a new minimally invasive diagnostic technique that decreases the complications associated with traditional groin access. Our Heart Team has cardiac catheterization facilities at three Bon Secours hospitals in the Richmond area.
Cardiac catheterization – Cardiac catheterization is a nonsurgical procedure performed in a catheterization laboratory (cath lab) where a narrow tube is inserted into an artery, which allows the cardiologist to do angioplasty, stent placement and plaque removal.
Angioplasty (PTCA, PCI) – Angioplasty opens a blood vessel by inflating a small balloon inside it. The balloon compresses the fatty plaque that made the vessel narrow.
Stent placement – A stent is a small metal coil or tube that is placed in a narrowed artery to hold it open.
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) – Bypass surgery, or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), is a commonly performed heart surgery where a vein graft is used to bypass a coronary artery that is narrowed or blocked to restore normal blood flow.