If your blood isn’t flowing through your heart as it should, cardiac catheterization can usually find the cause. Also known as heart catheterization, this minimally invasive procedure can accurately diagnose and treat heart & vascular conditions, such as heart attack and blood clots. It uses a flexible catheter and X-ray guidance to help your doctor evaluate blood circulation in your heart.
To provide our communities with quality emergency and ongoing heart care, Goshen Heart & Vascular Center offers cardiac catheterization. Ask your primary care provider about our heart diagnostic services.
Who needs heart catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is often used to provide prompt treatment for heart attack patients. As part of our award-winning heart attack treatment guidelines, we perform cardiac catheterization as a first step to providing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of a heart attack patient arriving to our emergency department.
We use also cardiac catheterization in nonemergency settings to provide continuous care for:
What is a cardiac catheterization procedure?
Cardiac catheterization allows your doctor to see the blood vessels in your heart to diagnose or treat heart problems. The procedure begins with a light sedation that’ll keep you conscious, yet comfortable. Then, your doctor will insert a catheter through a small incision in the groin or wrist and inject a dye that’ll help illuminate your arteries and valves. With the help of X-ray guidance, your doctor will assess your heart for damage and immediately administer any necessary treatments, such as stents and balloons.
We perform cardiac catheterizations in our state-of-the-art cardiac cath lab. It’s part of our cardiac suite, where a team of heart specialists – radiologists, cardiologists and nurse practitioners – work together to treat heart & vascular conditions.
We can help
Heart catheterization is often the first step to finding which treatment is best for you. After learning your results, your doctor may suggest diet and lifestyle changes or an interventional cardiology procedure.
Let us be a partner in your heart health. Read our heart healthy tips and talk to your doctor about cardiac catheterization at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center.