UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital adding second heart catheter lab

FORT COLLINS  — UCHealth has begun building a second cardiac catheterization lab at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

The Aurora-based health care group said Monday it has begun building out the additional lab space and will open it to patients in late fall.

Cardiac catheterization labs allow hospital staff to clear blocked arteries that cause heart attacks and test how freely blood is flowing through the organ. The new lab will also have electrophysiology equipment designed to test the electrical activity of a patient’s heart and treating arrhythmia. 

Rob Wagner, UCHealth’s senior director of cardiovascular services in Northern Colorado, told BizWest the electrophysiology procedure rate has risen at about 4 percent per year nationally and at about 10 percent annually among Northern Colorado, western Nebraska and parts of Wyoming.

“We’re growing at double the national average here, and to accommodate that, that’s why we’re putting in the new lab,” he said. 

Wagner said the equipment for the new lab will cost about $2 million, and UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital will add another doctor specializing in electrophysiology by September.

FORT COLLINS  — UCHealth has begun building a second cardiac catheterization lab at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

The Aurora-based health care group said Monday it has begun building out the additional lab space and will open it to patients in late fall.

Cardiac catheterization labs allow hospital staff to clear blocked arteries that cause heart attacks and test how freely blood is flowing through the organ. The new lab will also have electrophysiology equipment designed to test the electrical activity of a patient’s heart and treating arrhythmia. 

Rob Wagner, UCHealth’s senior director of cardiovascular services in Northern Colorado, told BizWest the electrophysiology procedure rate has risen at about 4 percent per year nationally and at about 10 percent annually among Northern Colorado, western Nebraska and parts of Wyoming.

“We’re growing at double the national average here, and to accommodate that, that’s why we’re putting in the new lab,” he said. 

Wagner said the equipment for the new lab will cost about $2 million, and UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital will add another doctor specializing in electrophysiology by September.