The new labs provide patients with easier access to services at UI Heart and Vascular Center, Iowa’s only comprehensive center for advanced cardiac care.
Laura Shoemaker
Jesse Wallace
Wes Woods

University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center is increasing patient access to its cardiac catheterization (cath) services by adding two new procedure labs as well as updating existing ones. The new cath labs are outfitted with the most advanced technology in the state.

Cath labs are where doctors perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. A wide range of cardiovascular subspecialties at UI Heart and Vascular Center use cath labs, including interventional cardiology, the structural heart program, cardiac electrophysiology, adult cardiac surgery, and vascular surgery.

UI Heart and Vascular Center completes close to 4,600 cardiac catheterization procedures each year and approximately 45,000 clinic visits across all subspecialties.

“We manage the most complex cardiovascular patients in the state and our services are in high demand,” says Phillip Horwitz, MD, executive director of UI Heart and Vascular Center. “We’ve taken a number of steps in recent years to improve patient access, and our new cath labs are critical to our ability to promptly diagnose and treat patients’ conditions using the most advanced technology.”

The new technology provides a safer environment for patients by reducing radiation exposure and decreasing the amount of IV contrast dye used in the blood vessels. Lighting installed in the lab is specifically designed for operating rooms and cath labs, with built-in UV light to reduce possible contamination.

“Our team is very excited about how the new cath labs will improve the patient experience and allow us to continue to provide high-quality outcomes,” says Leslie Johnston, RN, MSN, cath lab nurse manager. “We are fortunate to be able to provide expanded access to this high level of care in our community and in the state.”

“We manage the most complex cardiovascular patients in the state and our services are in high demand.”

Phillip Horwitz, MD
executive director of UI Heart and Vascular Center

About University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center

UI Heart and Vascular Center is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the best hospital in the state for cardiology and heart surgery patient care. It is the only place in Iowa that performs heart transplants and offers unique capabilities in cardiovascular genetics, cardiac ablations, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, as well as clinical research and trials for new treatment options. UI Heart and Vascular Center is also an international leader in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), an advanced form of heart and lung life support.