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.
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.