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Cardiac Catheterization Lab

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab allows cardiologists to use high-tech digital equipment to gather vital information to diagnose and treat heart problems. Cardiac catheterization is an invasive imaging procedure that involves inserting a catheter into a blood vessel in the arm or leg, and guiding it to your heart with the aid of a special x-ray machine. This test can measure blood pressure within the heart and how much oxygen is in the blood. It is also used to get information about the pumping ability of the heart muscle, and provides images of blood vessels that supply the heart muscle (coronary arteries). Contrast dye is injected through the catheter so that x-ray movies of the heart, blood vessels, valves and heart chambers are recorded and analyzed. For more information, please call 508-236-7490.