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Heart and Vascular Center

Cardiac Catheterization
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab is the center of activity at the Heart and Vascular Center. It's where the anatomy of the heart is studied and life-saving interventions may take place. Catheterization lab technology provides critical information necessary for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, for pre-operative evaluation of the arteries, and for post-operative evaluation of surgery.

According to manager Linda K. Johnson, registered technologist, procedures include heart catheterizations, percutaneous coronary interventions, aortic balloon insertions, cardiac biopsies, electrophysiology studies, pacemaker and automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) implants.

"If a person is actively having chest pains, he's likely going to visit the Catheterization Lab. The patient will get an EKG and diagnostic procedures will be used to determine if there is coronary artery disease. If coronary artery disease is found, the patient will come to the Catheterization Lab."