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Interventional Cardiology today put into operation the renovated catheterization rooms, including two new angiolines.

The Na Homolce Hospital has completed the reconstruction of the catheterisation rooms in the interventional cardiology department and today put into operation two state-of-the-art angiography systems. They will provide patients with invasive diagnosis and treatment of cardiac and some extra-cardiac diseases. Both systems offer the use of advanced imaging techniques such as intravascular ultrasound or optical coherence tomography or special 3D imaging applications of cardiac structures and arteries.

The new angiolines can image the moving heart and blood vessels in very high quality, show the internal translucency of the artery, stack images from other imaging devices, and can also optimize radiation doses according to the specific examination and patient. Invasive diagnosis using angiography is also used to screen for congenital heart defects in adult patients and to evaluate acquired valvular defects in adulthood. 24-hour theatres provide treatment for patients with acute myocardial infarction.

"The most common and serious heart disease is coronary artery disease, which results in the largest number of deaths in our population. It causes a gradual narrowing or even closure of the coronary arteries that nourish the heart muscle. Therefore, the most appropriate examination is the imaging of these arteries - the so-called coronarography, and the treatment procedure is the so-called percutaneous coronary intervention, which can widen and reopen the narrowed arteries," says doc. MUDr. Martin Mates, CSc., FESC.

Last year, a total of 3,010 catheterisation procedures were performed in the Interventional Cardiology Department, including 2,650 diagnostic coronary angiography procedures.

"Interventional cardiology is currently a supporting component of the entire cardiovascular programme, both in terms of the scope of diagnostic pre-operative examinations, intervention and post-operative care, and the demands of multidisciplinary cooperation. Our interventional cardiology is currently intensively involved in the structural intervention programme, especially but not only in valvular defects," adds Prof. Petr Neužil, MD. CSc., FESC, head of the cardiology department.

"Our Cardiac Centre, which we are currently modernising and plan to continue developing in the coming years, ranks among the best in the world in terms of the scope and quality of its services. We started with the modernisation and reconstruction of the electrophysiology hall with a new angiography system last July, today we are putting into operation the reconstructed catheterisation halls with two new angiolines and we plan to continue the modernisation of the Cardiocentre in the coming years," says the hospital's director, MUDr. Petr Polouček, MBA.

The renewal of the angiography system for the catheterisation unit of the Interventional Cardiology Department is co-financed under the REACT-EU programme and cost more than CZK 70 million incl. VAT, of which the EU subsidy for both angiolines amounts to CZK 55 800 000 incl. VAT.

Examinations and procedures performed:

  • Selective coronarography and other angiography of cardiac structures,
  • percutaneous coronary interventions including implantation of coronary stents,
  • invasive imaging and functional evaluation of the coronary arteries;
  • right-sided catheterization, endomyocardial biopsy,
  • catheterization, aortic valve and pulmonary valve implantation,
  • catheterization interventions of the bicuspid and tricuspid valves,
  • intervention of congenital heart disease including catheterisation closure of atrial and ventricular septal defects,
  • catheterisation closure of the left atrial appendage to prevent stroke,
  • catheterization management of left ventricular failure,
  • septal ablation for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.