Erbil International Hospital

Cardiac cath lab

Cardiac cath lab

is a specialized area in the hospital where doctors perform advanced cardiac procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. EIH  cath lab is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging technology used to view the arteries and check how well blood is flowing to and from the heart. This provides the care team with information to help diagnose and treat blockages and other problems in the arteries often without patients needing to undergo surgery.

Our Hospital provides 24-hour coverage by an expert team of board-certified interventional cardiologists, nurses, and radiology technicians who have special training in a variety of invasive diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures.

EIH is known for outstanding performance in treating an  ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

Other procedures performed at our cath lab

Cardiac Catheterization/Angiogram

ITS is a medical procedure that provides detailed x-ray images of your heart and its blood vessels and is used to diagnose the presence of coronary artery disease. If the cardiac catheterization does show that the arteries to your heart are narrowed or blocked, the cardiac catheterization will pinpoint exactly where the blockages are located and their size ,this enable cardiologist to set best plan to treat each blockage.

Interventional Procedures

The procedures utilize special catheters that are used to "open" blocked arteries that supply blood to the heart.

Balloon Angioplasty

During angioplasty interventional cardiologist will use a special catheter with a small angioplasty balloon attached at the end. The balloon is inflated and deflated several times to compress the plaque or fatty matter in the artery wall and stretch the artery open to increase blood flow in the artery in the heart.


A stent is used along with balloon angioplasty in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. A stent is a small, metal mesh tube that is delivered through a catheter to the site of a blocked artery and then permanently embedded within the artery. A stent acts as a tiny scaffold to prop an artery open and prevent it from collapsing or becoming re-blocked with plaque.

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