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Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac Catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure, performed by a cardiologist, that is used to detect blockages in the coronary arteries which could lead to a heart attack. It could also be used to determine heart function. By inserting a catheter into the artery in the groin and injecting a special dye that shows up in X-ray images, cardiologists can determine the severity of blockages. Using this information, they can determine what treatment or procedure is needed such as medication, angioplasty, or stent placement.

Who Performs the Procedure?

The patient-focused dedicated team of professionals staff in Rush-Copley's Cardiac Catheterization lab is both highly skilled and very compassionate. Procedures are performed by board certified invasive cardiologists with years of catheterization lab experience. Radiology technologists and registered nurses are ready to answer all of your questions upon arrival.

What Can You Expect?

Cardiac Catheterization is a safe procedure with minimal risk. Often you will go home the same day. You will be admitted and stay in our dedicated Vascular Care Unit where specially trained staff will prepare you for the procedure and recover you after. Your stay will be in a private room with its own bathroom and family is welcome to stay with you during your recovery.