Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat some heart conditions, including:
- Coronary artery disease – Clogging of the arteries by fatty materials in the blood stream
- Valvular heart disease – Malfunction of one or more of the heart valves that can affect blood flow within the heart
- Congestive heart failure – A condition where the heart muscle has become too weak to pump efficiently
- Certain congenital heart conditions – Defects in one or more heart structures that are present from birth
In cardiac catheterization, a very small, hollow tube or catheter is sent through a blood vessel in the groin or arm through the aorta into the heart. Once the catheter is in place, certain diagnostic techniques can be used. The catheter can be advanced into the arteries of the heart, and contrast dye can be injected. A special x-ray called fluroscopy allows the doctor to see blockages in the arteries as the dye moves through the arteries. In a different procedure, the tip of the catheter can be placed into different parts of the heart to measure the pressures and blood flow inside the chambers of the heart.
Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Cardiac Care
At Hackensack University Medical Center, our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterzation lab is nationally accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, and has been recognized by the Joint Commission with a Gold Seal of Approval for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction.
Cardiac Interventional Procedures
In addition to diagnostics, several interventional procedures are also perfomed in a cardiac catheterization lab, including:
- atrial fibrillation ablation
- cardiac resynchronization therapy
- lead extraction
- pacemaker implantation
- percutaneous coronary intervention
- stent precedures
- transcatheter aortic valve replacement
Your doctor can provide you with more in-depth information about these procedures and explain about the risks associated with them.
Schedule an appointment today by calling 855.424.WELL (9355)