HISTORY AND VISION:
FCCI’s Cardiovascular Lab which began operation on September 25, 2007 is Jacksonville’s first free-standing cardiac and peripheral vascular catheterization facility. The vision of the FCCI’s heart and vascular laboratory has always been to provide the best care available, performed by the most skilled physicians and staff members, in the most advanced setting. FCCI’s Heart and Vascular Laboratory is very proud of having performed thousands of procedures with excellent outcomes.
FCCI’s Cath Lab was the first facility in the southeast, and the second nationally, to place the latest in drug eluting stent technology for the treatment of severe peripheral artery disease. The vision of the Cath Lab reflects the vision of FCCI. We are committed to providing the best care available in a comfortable setting for our patients and families.
A catheterization procedure allows your doctor to more clearly see the condition of your heart, extremities, kidneys, and other organs and arteries, and to detect the presence of disease or blockages. The procedure uses a thin, flexible tube inserted into an artery in the groin or wrist (much like an IV, but without any knife or cutting) and special XRAY equipment to view its path. In the past, all cardiac and peripheral vascular catheterizations were performed in hospitals. Now, patients have a more private and comfortable option: Jacksonville’s first free-standing Cath Lab.
TYPES OF PROCEDURES:
FCCI’s Cath Lab is nationally recognized as a leader in performing the best care possible in the treatment of patients with arterial disease and blockages by using the latest technologies. We are proud of our sponsorship of the Save a Leg, Save a Life foundation, as well as our dedication to the treatment of patients with severe peripheral artery disease and those at risk for amputation.
DIAGNOSTIC HEART CATHS: allow the doctor to see the vasculature of the heart for the treatment of coronary artery disease, or CAD.
CAROTID ANGIOGRAPHY: allows the doctor to see the vasculature of the head and neck for the treatment and prevention of stroke.
PERIPHERAL ANGIOGRAPHY: allows the doctor to see the vasculature of the legs and arms for the treatment of peripheral artery disease, or PAD.
PERIPHERAL REVASCULARIZATION: allows the doctor to treat severe PAD by means of using athrectomy devices, balloons, and/or stents. Re-establishing the arterial blood flow to the patient’s extremities is necessary for the treatment of non-healing wounds, discomfort when walking, cramping, and swelling or discolorization. Amputation should always be the last resort.
HEMODIALYSIS ACCESS MANAGEMENT: dialysis patients routinely need their grafts or fistulas un-clogged to maintain adequate filtration during the dialysis procedure. We are proud providers of such services on an outpatient basis.
VENOUS FILTER INSERTION: venous filters, or Inferior Vena Cava (IVF), are placed into patients who are at risk of venous clots in the legs breaking loose and causing a stroke or pulmonary embolism.
PICC LINE INSERTION: PICC lines are for patients who will need long term IV access for antibiotic, medical, or chemo treatments. A long IV is placed in the upper arm that is designed to deliver the treatment in the central venous system and can safely stay in place for an extended period of time.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A date for your procedure will be scheduled by the scheduling department. A Cath Lab staff member will call the day before the procedure and set up an arrival and estimated start time. If your procedure starts before noon, please do not eat or drink anything after midnight. If your procedure is to start in the afternoon, a “light” breakfast is allowed. It is OK to take your daily medications with sips of water, except for patients with diabetes.
IMPORTANT: The procedure start time is an estimated time based on the types of cases scheduled for that day. Unfortunately, some cases may take longer than expected due to the severity of a patient’s condition. We are committed to each and every one of our patients, and will dedicate as much time as needed to safely come to a favorable end result. Procedures last between 1-3 hours. Expect a recovery period in one of our seven comfortable private rooms for 1-5 hours. The length of your recovery period is dictated by the complexity of your procedure, the size to the equipment used during the procedure, and the usage of blood thinners or other medications during the procedure. A lunch is provided for our patients during the recovery period. Family is allowed to stay in the recovery rooms.
FOLLOW-UP TESTING: FCCI is dedicated not only to the treatment of our patients with arterial disease, but the monitoring and prevention of future symptoms. FCCI has found that regularly scheduled ultrasounds and office visits are critical to the continued success of your cardiovascular health.