Cardiac catheterization is a life-saving medical procedure used to diagnose and treat blockages in a patient’s artery that can lead to a heart attack. Quickly assessing the severity of blockages and providing necessary treatment is imperative to saving the heart muscle, which translates to a better recovery and improved quality of life.
Diagnostic cardiology exams in the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) can help cardiologists on the medical staff of Texas Health hospitals make an evaluation and identify potentially life-threatening conditions. Common heart and blood vessel problems are diagnosed and treated in the cath lab through sophisticated diagnostic procedures, screenings and interventional services such as balloon angioplasty and stent placement for treatment of blocked arteries.
Cardiac Cath Procedures Can Include:
- Diagnosing common heart and blood vessel problems
- Pacemaker implantation and rhythm management devices
- Open blocked arteries in the heart
- Evaluation and treatment for blocked arteries in the heart, legs, kidneys and other circulation with an angiogram, balloon angioplasty, and stenting