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With a Heart Attack, Every Second Counts

Nation’s First Fully Functioning Cardiac Catheterization Lab in an Emergency Department

Mercy offers fastest heart attack care in Canton Stark County Ohio, thanks to cath lab in ERIf you or someone you love is having a heart attack, every second that passes without intervention means greater damage to the heart muscle. At the Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC), we provide a fully functional cardiac catheterization lab just a few steps away from our emergency department doors. We can stop a heart attack in record time.

A heart attack results when blood supply to the heart is cut off or reduced. Until that blood supply is restored, every second that passes results in harm to your heart muscle, potentially leading to death. Survival after blood flow to the heart has been blocked for a long period time can mean a diminished quality of life. Having a cardiac catheterization lab in the ER means blocked arteries can be opened quickly, often just minutes after arrival. This can not only save your life, but also improve your chance of returning to an active lifestyle.

At Mercy, we work closely with area paramedics to prepare for patient arrival. When heart attack patients are brought to the Mercy ECPC, they are admitted directly to the emergency department catheterization lab for the procedure to begin.

Heart Hospital Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab

The Heart Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, located on the hospital’s third floor, is a state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional laboratory for adults with heart disease. Precise anatomical and physiological data are obtained through leading-edge technologies that help physicians determine the most effective treatment for every patient. In many cases, the lab is able to determine the need for open-heart surgery before the heart disease becomes life-threatening.

Biplane Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Mercy also offers a biplane cardiac catheterization lab, which gives us the ability to perform brain intervention. This means Stark County stroke patients don’t have to be transferred to Cleveland for this treatment. Our biplane saves hours of brain damage related to the occluded artery, which is similar to our well-established Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center for heart attack care.

The biplane cath lab also reduces the amount of contrast dye for those patients with renal insufficiency and reduces the risk of renal insult due to a lengthy cardiac intervention. It offers very high quality, as well as additional patient safety due to the decreased amount of radiation delivered to the patient during high risk procedures. We were proud to be the first in the Akron-Canton area to have a hybrid cath lab, where emergency surgical procedures can be performed, if needed, without transferring the patient.