Cardiac Care at Skagit Regional Health


More than 84 million people in this country – men, women and children – have some form of heart disease. That is why Skagit Regional Health offers expert cardiac services close to home for people across Skagit, Island and north Snohomish counties.

We believe that everyone should enjoy a lifetime of good heart health. This is why the Skagit Regional Health Foundation Cardiac Cares Capital Campaign is raising funds to support this vital patient service. Our campaign goal is $3 million and will help to purchase cutting-edge diagnostic imaging equipment for two cardiac catheterization labs in Skagit Regional Health’s Heart and Vascular Institute.

What is a Cath Lab?

Catheterization Lab or Cath Lab are exam rooms with imaging equipment used to visualize arteries and chambers of the heart to diagnose heart disease, treat any blockage identified and prevent heart attacks.

What can a Cath Lab procedure treat?

Cardiac catheterization gives cardiologists and electrophysiologists important information about the heart muscle, heart valves and blood vessels in the heart. It identifies problems and allows for procedures to open blocked arteries due to:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Microvascular heart disease

Many Treatment Options

With these upgrades, our multidisciplinary cardiovascular team will continue to provide the following services:

  • Angioplasty 
  • Cardiac catheterization. 
  • Arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation management
  • Electrophysiology 
  • Pacemaker Insertion 

The Cath Labs also serve as procedural rooms for chemotherapy and kidney dialysis port insertion. 

And as an added benefit, these non-surgical, minimally invasive treatments usually do not require an overnight hospital stay. The patient can expect to return to their home the same day to rest and recover.