Cardiac catheterization lab at Rose

Time is Muscle Chest Pain? Call 911! Heart Care in a Heart Beat. Cardiac Cath Lab just steps away from the ER - which means live-saving treatment FAST

Rose Medical Center offers a highly advanced cardiac catheterization lab, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rose is the only hospital in Denver, CO with a cardiac catheterization lab close to a main emergency room, which means we provide care for your heart fast.

The team of expert clinicians at Rose Medical Center is experienced and highly trained to diagnose cardiac conditions using our innovative lab, as well as perform coronary and peripheral intervention procedures. Our physicians are supported by an expert team of healthcare providers in the cardiac cath lab, including:

  • Magnet®-designated nurses with advanced certification in cardiac and critical care nursing
  • Board-certified electrophysiology technologists, a rare designation with only 600 worldwide
  • Board-certified cardiac nurse practitioners
  • A dedicated cardiovascular nurse navigator to help with discharge care after cardiac procedures

Our cardiac cath lab team is able to treat heart arrhythmias, atrial septal defect, coronary artery disease, patent foramen ovale and pericarditis. The innovative nonsurgical lab means our patients often recover with less pain, experience fewer side effects and can go home sooner.

Our facility

Rose’s seasoned cardiac catheterization team is on it: our door-to-balloon time, referring to the time it takes for a heart attack patient to begin receiving treatment, is well below the national standard. Our cardiology department and cath lab team have been recognized with multiple accreditations from national councils, including as an Accredited Chest Pain Center and accreditation for atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) treatment.

We also have a dedicated pre- and post-procedure unit with specially trained cardiac nurses, providing patients a unique level of unified care.

Procedures offered in the cath lab

The following catheterization and heart and vascular procedures are offered in the cath lab at Rose.

Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • 3D mapping
  • Heart biopsy
  • Intra-vascular ultrasound
  • Nitric oxide study for pulmonary hypertension
  • Peripheral catheterization
  • Pressure wire
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
Coronary intervention program
  • Bare metal
  • Biventricular leads
  • Nationally recognized Cardiac Alert® program
  • Cardioversion
  • Cutting balloon
  • Drug-eluting stents
  • High-risk coronary stenting with advanced therapies (Impella)
  • Implantable defibrillator
  • Pacemaker
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)/stents
  • Rotablator
  • Tilt table
Peripheral intervention program
  • Renal PTCA/stent
  • Peripheral PTCA/stent
Additional services
  • Alcohol ablation
  • ASD/PFO repair
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrial flutter
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
  • EP ablation
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • SVT ablation
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Vascular surgery
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device
  • Convergent Procedure
  • Micra
  • Ventricular tachycardia

Cardiac catheterization lab facility information

The cath lab at the Heart & Vascular Center at Rose offers cardiac catheterizations and electrophysiology procedures on an outpatient basis. Your cardiologist will schedule your procedure ahead of time.

Check in

Please arrive two and a half hours prior to the start of your test and check in at admissions in the main lobby on the first floor before going to the cath lab. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license, insurance card(s) and copay to admissions.

Once you have been checked in, you will be directed to the cath lab.

Insurance

Prior to your test day, please contact your insurance provider to determine the amount of copay required for the procedure. Your copay is due at the time of service.

Parking

We recommend patients use our free valet parking services located at the main entrance of Rose Medical Center on 9th Ave. near Cherry St. or self-park in the garage located on the east side of the hospital. If you need a wheelchair, please request one from the valet attendant or volunteer at the main entrance.

Procedure details

The length of your procedure will vary depending on what your cardiologist has ordered. Most procedures take approximately two hours for preparation, two hours for the procedure and four hours for recovery. If a coronary stent or balloon is required during your procedure, you may need to stay overnight. Ablation procedures can take four to five hours and require an overnight stay.

Getting home

All cath lab patients must have someone to drive them home. You may not drive yourself after a cath lab procedure. Please make arrangements ahead of time to have someone take you home.