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Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is used to diagnose and treat coronary artery, heart valve and heart muscle problems and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Cardiac catheterization labs are available 24/7. Advanced technology helps our team evaluate high-quality images of blood vessels to treat patients suffering from blockages in their arteries.

Catherization Lab procedures include:

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • Coronary interventions including balloon angioplasty and intracoronary stents
  • Directional coronary atherectomy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic peripheral vascular studies to evaluate and treat PAD
  • Catheter-based ablation procedures for treatment of abnormal heart rhythms

Doctors may recommend cardiac catheterization for various reasons. The most common reason is to evaluate chest pain.

Chest pain, sometimes referred to as angina, might be a symptom of coronary artery disease. Cardiac catheterization can show whether plaque is narrowing or blocking your coronary arteries

Most people who have heart attacks have narrow or blocked coronary arteries. Cardiac catheterization might be used as an emergency procedure to treat a heart attack. When used with angioplasty, the procedure allows your doctor to open up blocked arteries and prevent further damage to the heart.

Cardiac catheterization also can help your doctor figure out the best treatment plan for you if: 

  • You recently recovered from a heart attack, but are having chest pain
  • You had a heart attack that caused major heart damage
  • You had an EKG (electrocardiogram), stress test, or other test with results that suggested heart disease

Nazareth Hospital has received PCI Program Accreditation from Corazon and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For you, this means our heart care programs meet the highest standards for quality.

If you need a physician or cardiology, use our Find a Doctor tool or call 1.877.GO MERCY.