Inside a Cardiac Cath Lab: A 360-Degree Tour

Cardiac stents are metal-mesh tubes implanted in coronary arteries to prop them open and improve the flow of blood to the heart. Each year about 700,000 stent procedures take place in catheterization labs around the U.S. Click and drag the image below to explore the cath lab at New York City's Mount Sinai Heart Hospital, which ranks 13th in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey. Hover on areas marked byto get more information on certain features in the room.

Published Oct. 10, 2013

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Rahul Sawant, MD, an assisting interventional cardiology fellow, prepares to close the incision left in the groin after the catheter was removed. Also pictured are Jessica Perocho, RN, and Sarbjit Saini, cardiovascular tech. RON ANTONELLI/BLOOMBERG

Sources: Mount Sinai Heart Hospital, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Boston Scientific Corp., Philips Healthcare

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