Franciscan Health performs cardiac catheterization to evaluate heart valves, heart function and blood supply. Cardiac catheterization is also used as a diagnostic procedure, determining the need for heart surgery.
If you have had symptoms of coronary artery disease, cardiac catheterization can identify the cause of these symptoms. If you have had angina in the past and now have new or worsening chest pain, the test can help to determine why your pain is increasing.
At Franciscan Health, your cardiac catheterization is performed by one of our board-certified cardiologists, who works with the other members of the catheterization lab team - specially trained nurses, X-ray technologists and registered cardiovascular technologists.
The cath lab is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease. Procedures performed there include studies of the vessels of the head, neck, heart, legs, lungs and abdomen as well as the application of "clot-busting" drugs and the removal of occlusions/stent placement in the smaller vessels in the legs and liver as well.
Heart catheterization can be used to determine pressure and blood flow in the heart's chambers, collect blood samples from the heart and examine the arteries of the heart. Specific cardiac catheterization services include: