Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

X-ray machineA catheterization is a procedure where the cardiologist inserts a small tube into the artery of an arm or leg. The device allows for X-ray pictures of the blood vessels, in addition to measurements of the heart’s key vital signs.

Coronary angiography involves advancing catheters through arteries usually at wrist or groin to the heart. A dye is then injected into the arteries, allowing the physicians to see any blockages of the arteries that may benefit from opening up using balloon tipped catheters and stents.

Cardiac defibrillator and permanent / resynchronization pacemaker placements are minimally invasive procedures. In them, a watch-sized generator is placed under the skin. Wires are advanced through the vein under the collarbone to the heart’s right upper and lower chambers. Pacemakers stimulate the heart to prevent slow heart rates.

Cardiac defibrillators deliver a small electric shock to stop life-threatening arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).

Loop recorders are small devices placed under the skin at the left side of the chest. They can diagnose heart ailments by recording heart rhythms for months at a time.

Most cardiac services require a physician's referral. If you need help finding a physician, visit our physician finder online or call (530) 676-0777 or (916) 933-3210.