Cardiac Catheterization Lab (Cath Lab)
Not all heart problems require open-heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization may be more appropriate for your condition. In the Cath Lab, we can diagnose and treat a whole host of issues.
Our expert team in the Cath Lab can perform the following procedures:
- Balloon angioplasty
- Coronary and left ventricular digital angiography
- Coronary intravascular ultrasound
- Right and left heart catheterization
- Rotational artherectomy
- Stent implantation
How is the cardiac catheterization procedure performed?
In simplest terms, our doctors will insert a tube into your heart through a vein. The technique can be used to take pictures, insert stents or perform an angioplasty. It is safe and simple. You won’t need general anesthesia and in most cases, you won’t have to stay overnight at the hospital.
Why might I need to visit the Cath Lab?
Only your doctor and cardiologist can determine if you need a cardiac catheterization procedure. But common reasons for a visit to the Cath Lab are symptoms of chest pain, dizziness, fatigue or shortness of breath. These are the same symptoms that warn of a potential heart attack.
How do I prepare for a visit to the Cath Lab?
Your doctor and cardiologist will provide more detailed instructions. But most of the time, you’ll be asked to provide blood and urine samples, as well as a chest x-ray or electrocardiogram, also called an EKG. To be ready for the procedure, perform the following tasks:
- Have a friend or family member provide transportation to and from the hospital.
- Do not eat, drink or chew gum after midnight the day before the procedure.
- Make a list of all medications you are currently taking.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions on changing your medication dosage