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New hybrid cath lab at La Tour

Various forms of endovascular therapy have been used over the last few years, both in the treatment of vascular diseases and heart rate abnormalities.

These innovative techniques, which are mostly performed under local anaesthetic and on an outpatient basis, often help to postpone a surgical approach and use only a basic puncture to administer treatments that are equivalent to surgery, while significantly reducing hospitalisation times.

These procedures may be carried out either by cardiologists-rhythmologists when the patient suffers from complaints such as heart rate abnormalities, or by a radiologist when the issue concerns arteries in the leg, vascular disease or certain liver disorders.

In order to guide his or her equipment in real time inside the vessels, the operating physician uses X-rays in a room known as the "catheterisation room" or "angiography room". Using a product containing iodine, known as a contrast agent, or with the help of a three-dimensional navigation system, the physician can carry out vascular mapping and if necessary administer treatment to any lesions identified during the operation. These treatments may be angioplasties, stent insertions, ablation of fibrillation or atrial flutters, or other types of cardiac arrhythmia. 

These angiography rooms, like all new forms of technology, have seen significant improvements over the last few years, as much in terms of the image quality that is generated and treatment benefits as in terms of safety, with huge progress being made in reducing the doses of X-rays that are administered. That is why a year after the cardiac catheterisation room, we have now decided to completely renovate the peripheral and ablation catheterisation room, to be able to benefit from the latest available technology. As a result, we hope to be able to offer our patients the best treatments that are currently available, in the best conditions.

Dr Chan-Il Park 
Dr Pierre-Henri Morère

Chest pain centre

Every minute counts!

Acute myocardial infarction frequently manifests with acute chest pain. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care. This is a race against the clock where every minute counts. Early intervention makes it possible to prevent complications and limit the damage caused by the infarct.

When you call 144 (the Geneva equivalent to the American 911), state immediately that it is a cardiac emergency so that an ambulance and doctor can be dispatched to you without delay.

Appropriate medication will be administered and, if necessary, a defibrillator will be used to treat cardiac arrhythmias. Once the patient is under medical care, he will quickly be brought either to the Hôpital Universitaire de Genève - HUG (left bank) or to the Hôpital de La Tour (right bank) depending on the geographic location and preference of the patient. It is imperative however that transportation time be as short as possible.

La Tour Chest Pain Centre is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Its services are available to all, regardless of the type of insurance (basic and/or private) and are reimbursed by basic insurance (LAMal).