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Sanford Cardiac Cath Lab

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The Sanford Cardiac Cath Lab is designed to diagnose and treat patients with heart disease, as well as patients with blockages in kidney, brain, arm and leg arteries. Equipped with state-of-the-art digital imaging and treatment technology, the cath lab is used to treat emergency patients in the midst of a heart attack as well as patients scheduled for diagnostic and treatment procedures. These include:

  • Angiogram: Using catheters, doctors can determine, with the aid of imaging fluids and X-ray technology, where a blockage may be located.
  • Angioplasty: By using balloon-tipped catheters inserted through the groin, doctors can open arterial blockages, allowing blood to flow freely to the heart.
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure: Using catheters, doctors repair a hole between a patient?s upper heart chambers in the cardiac catheterization lab by placing a wire mesh patch into the heart to close the hole.
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS): Allows doctors to see images inside the heart and coronary arteries to assist with diagnosis and treatment.
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators: These devices are designed to help keep hearts beating at the right pace and rhythm.
  • Stents: Following an angioplasty, the doctor may insert a small mesh-like tube called a stent into the vessel that was blocked, significantly reducing the chance of another blockage in that area.


Sanford Health's catheterization statistics exceed national averages on nearly every measurement. For example, the lab has achieved a 98 percent success rate with PTCA/Stent procedures, a 4.2 percent clinical restenosis rate, an overall complication rate of 0.9 percent and less than 1 percent of our interventional procedures converted to coronary bypass surgery.

Sanford Health was recently recognized for excellence in cardiac care risk-adjusted healthcare outcome data analysis. For example, for heart attack care, Sanford Health performed 25 percent better than predicted based upon in-house and six-month post-hospital stay mortality rates.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a common, relatively painless, nonsurgical procedure that can help your doctor diagnose a heart problem. In some cases, catheterization can be used to treat heart disease, as well.

To perform the procedure, your cardiologist inserts a long, flexible tube called a catheter into a blood vessel and gently guides it toward your heart. Once the catheter is in place, X-rays and other tests are done to help your doctor evaluate how well your heart is working.

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Sanford Cardiac Cath Lab
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

For more information, call (701) 323-8150
Fax: (701) 323-6914

American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Silver Performance Achievement Award
The award recognizes Sanford Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. The Bismarck region of Sanford Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for our consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2013 award.

American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI (the most severe form of heart attack) patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients. Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck is the only healthcare institution in western North Dakota to receive this award, which speaks to its commitment and success in implementing high standards of care for heart attack patients.


Thomson logo 2009 Sanford Health has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. Sanford Health was the only health system in central and western North Dakota to receive this award. The annual Thomson Reuters award for cardiovascular services independently measures performance on eight key criteria related to cardiovascular care at the nation's top performing acute–care hospital.
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