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 can also be used to determine heart function.
How Does Cardiac Catheterization Work
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 which treatment or procedure you need, such as medication, angioplasty or stent placement.
Doctors can also perform procedures, such as ablation or angioplasty, during the cardiac catheterization if they discover life-threatening conditions during the procedure.
How Safe is Cardiac Catheterization?
- Cardiac catheterization is typically a safe procedure with minimal risk.
- Often, you will be able to go home the same day.
- Specially trained staff will prepare you for the procedure and help you recover after.
- You will recover in a private room with your own bathroom, and family is welcome to stay with you during your recovery.
RUSH Excellence in Cardiac Catheterization Treatment
- World-class experts: RUSH's patient-focused team of professionals is both highly skilled and compassionate. Procedures are performed by board-certified interventional cardiologists with decades of catheterization lab experience. Radiology technologists and registered nurses are ready to answer all of your questions upon arrival.
- Among the best in the U.S.: U.S. News & World Report ranks RUSH University Medical Center among the best in the nation for cardiology.
- Minimally invasive procedures: Diagnosing and treating heart disease with minimally invasive catheter-based procedures means you'll have a faster recovery, less rehab and less pain.
- Nationally recognized for chest pain care: RUSH Copley Medical Center is recognized for providing a high standard of care for heart attack patients by the American College of Cardiology and is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor. The Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the College’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry recognizes RUSH Copley’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It signifies that, in treating these patients, RUSH Copley has met levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.