Cardiac Cath Lab
About Our Cardiac Cath Lab Department
Brandon Yancey- Cath Lab Director
Chase Rozell- Cath lab Technician
Rebecca Williams- Cath Lab Technician
Chris White- Recovery Room Aide
Diagnostic Left Heart Catheterization
Right Heart Catheterization
Aortic Root Arteriogram
Bypass Graft Injection
Selective Renal Arteriogram
Bilateral Iliac Arteriogram
Selective Iliofemoral Runoff Study
Treatment & What to Expect
Before the Procedure
Once you have checked in for your procedure, you’ll have your blood pressure and pulse checked. You’ll be asked to use the toilet to empty your bladder.
You’ll be asked to remove dentures and may need to remove jewelry, especially necklaces that could interfere with pictures of your heart. You’ll wait in a pre-operating room until it’s time for your procedure — you can often have someone wait there with you.
During the Procedure
A Diagnostic Catheterization procedure is done in an operating room that has special X-ray and imaging machines that normal operating rooms don’t have.
Cardiac catheterization is usually performed while you’re awake, but sedated.
An IV line will be inserted in your hand or arm, and will be used to give you any additional medications you might need during your procedure. You will also have monitors (electrodes) placed on your chest to check your heartbeat during the test.
Just before the procedure, a nurse or technician may shave the hair from the site where the catheter will be inserted. Before the catheter is inserted in your artery, you’ll be given a shot of an anesthetic to numb the area. You may feel a quick, stinging pain before the numbness sets in.
After you feel numb, the catheter will be inserted. A small cut is made, if your leg is being used, to access an artery. A plastic sheath will be inserted in the cut to allow your doctor to insert the catheter.
What happens next depends on why you’re having a diagnostic catheterization procedure.
These are some of the common uses for diagnostic catheterization:
Coronary angiogram. If you’re having this test to check for blockages in the arteries leading to your heart, a dye will be injected through the catheter, and X-ray images of your heart arteries will be taken. In a coronary angiogram, the catheter is usually first placed in the artery in your groin or wrist.
Right heart catheterization – This procedure checks the pressure and blood flow in the right side of your heart. For this procedure, the catheter is inserted in the vein in your groin. The catheter has special sensors in it to measure the pressure and blood flow in your heart.
Left ventricle injection – A catheter is placed in the left ventricle. An injector is used to inject contrast into the left ventricle in order to evaluate the heart muscle and function.
Aortic Root Arteriogram – The injection of dye immediately above the aortic valve and photography of that dye as it flows into the central aorta (which is the large artery leading to the body from the heart).
Bypass Graft Injection – A bypass graft is a surgically implanted vessel that is used to redirect blood flow to the heart. Typically a bypass graft comes of the shoulder (lima/rima)
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