Cardiac Care

Catheterization & Interventional Cardiology

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure performed to diagnose heart disease and detect possible heart attacks. During this process a dye is inserted into the arteries through a thin plastic tube called a catheter. The dye is highlighted by X-rays and shows narrowing or blockages in the heart.

If you are scheduled for cardiac catheterization, please follow these instructions.

  • Please do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure
  • Please take all blood pressure medications with only a sip of water
  • Do not take Aspirin, Glucovance or Glucophage on the day of your procedure
  • Expect to be with us most of the day
  • Please bring a complete list of your current medications
  • Please dress casually in clothes that will not be tight on your procedure area when you are discharged
  • Please arrange to have someone drive you home. You won’t be allowed to drive or travel by yourself
  • Please make arrangements to have an adult with you the night after your test
  • Rest is an important part of preparation and recovery; therefore, visitors are limited to two per patient. Other visitors may stay in the Catheterization Lab waiting area

Sumner Regional Medical Center began offering interventional cardiology in 2005. Interventional cardiology is a field of heart medicine dedicated to research and technology for minimally invasive heart procedures where traditional surgical procedures are performed during a heart catheterization. Blood vessels around the heart are treated using a balloon catheter and often a stent, which is inserted into the cardiovascular system via an artery. This subspecialty of cardiology uses stents and other devices to restore blood flow to the heart without the need for major surgery.