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Cardiac Catherization Lab

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Mike Thomas

Platte Valley Medical Center is proud to offer a $1.2 million Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced digital technology to provide cardiologists with fast, precise images of the heart for diagnosing blockages in the coronary arteries.


“The opening of our Cath Lab marks a critical element in our cardiovascular program,” states Kurt Gensert, associate vice president of nursing. “The cardiac imaging system in our Cath Lab allows our cardiologists to obtain extremely high quality images of the heart. As a result, we are able to accurately diagnose coronary heart diseases and disorders and develop the most appropriate medical treatment plans for our patients. Our goal initially is to assure the safety and quality of care through diagnostic services. As the service line matures, we intend to introduce a full interventional cardiovascular team approach to care at PVMC.”


Under the medical direction of Cardiologist Arif Rohilla, M.D., the Cardiac Cath Lab will offer inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and interventional procedures using digital technology that allows cardiologists to instantaneously see clear images of a patient’s coronary anatomy. This technology not only provides clear resolution of one’s heart arteries, it assists the cardiologists in making timely decisions regarding their patient’s evaluations. For example, during the exam, the cardiologist is able to immediately see if there are artery blockages and to what extent heart disease may or may not be present. The cardiologist is able to quickly establish a plan of action for the patient. Some patients with mild to moderate disease will be treated medically and others with significant disease may need an interventional procedure like balloon angioplasty, coronary stent or heart surgery. Platte Valley Medical Center’s Interventional Cardiologist Behzad Molavi, M.D. FAAC cares for patients who need interventional procedures. Dr. Molavi specializes in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular medicine, and peripheral vascular disease to provide comprehensive heart care to his patients.

“For the first time in the history of Brighton, Colorado, the services of Cardiac Catheterization are available to the community,” states Cardiologist Arif Rohilla, M.D. “Not only are we able to provide diagnostic coronary angiography that accurately determines the extent of coronary artery disease (blockage in the heart arteries) and target appropriate treatment modality, we are able to provide pacemaker capabilities, measure real-time hemodynamics (pressures in the heart chambers for patients with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension), do tilt table testing and perform electrical cardioversion. We are also actively involved in expanding our Cardiovascular team and program and will be able to provide interventional services in the future. Our goal is to keep expanding our services as our program grows and be able to provide quality care for patients with heart disease right here in Brighton.”

About Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a very important part of diagnosing cardiovascular disease and provides the most accurate and detailed information about how the heart is working. In simple terms, cardiac catheterization is a sophisticated diagnostic procedure that gives the cardiologist a guided tour of the inside of the heart. Utilizing x-ray technology to obtain real-time images of the moving heart, the cath lab procedure provides complex and precise images for proper diagnosis of heart disease.


The purpose of cardiac catheterization is to explore the heart’s structure and identify problems such as clogged arteries before a heart attack occurs. The results of this exploration help the cardiologist decide what the most appropriate treatment for the patient is. Doctors can also diagnose a number of heart conditions such as coronary heart disease, defective heart valves and congenital heart defects through cardiac catheterization procedures.

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