Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose cardiovascular conditions. It involves passing a thin flexible tube (catheter) into the heart, usually from the groin or the arm. Once in place, the catheter can perform various tasks, including capturing detailed pictures of the heart and arteries in motion. The coronary angiogram, for example, allows physicians to locate clogged arteries and evaluate how well the heart muscles and blood vessels are functioning.
Results from cardiac catheterization enable physicians to accurately diagnose the patient's condition and implement an appropriate, timely treatment plan. Your cardiologist will discuss the treatment options best suited to your needs based on diagnostic results.
Learn more about cardiac catheterization at our online Health Encyclopedia.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Advocate Trinity Hospital
Available 24 hours a day, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Advocate Trinity Hospital provides an array of important diagnostic services for individuals affected by cardiovascular disease. Comprehensive tests performed in the lab enable cardiologists to view:
- narrowing (blockages) in the arteries
- overall heart size
- inside chamber size
- pumping ability of the heart valves
- valves opening and closing
Catheterization procedures we offer include:
Our skilled catheterization team is ready to serve you and answer any questions about your procedure. For more information contact us at 1.800.3.ADVOCATE.