Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Cardiac catheterization is a painless procedure that is used to diagnose blockages in the veins and arteries. A very narrow tube, or catheter, is inserted into the femoral artery located in the groin area. The catheter travels up through the artery directly into the heart where a dye is released. With sophisticated imaging capabilities, cardiologists can see blockages. Because veins and arteries have no nerve endings patients do not feel pain and anesthesia is not necessary. As the procedure is being done, the cardiologist talks with the patient and is able to tell him or her immediately if there are any areas of concern.

 Additional Diagnostic Services    

  • Angiography
  • Echo stress testing
  • Pharmacologic stress testing
  • Tilt table testing
  • Electrophysiology studies
  • Ablation procedures
  • Arrhythmia interpretation by Holter monitoring