Diagnostic tests conducted at Capital Region help detect abnormalities
in the electrical circuit, contraction, or the blood flow in the heart.
If the test results suggest the cause of the abnormalities
are due to lack of blood flow in the arteries or if there are abnormalities
in the valves, your physician may recommend a cardiac catheterization.
What is Cardiac Catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization (CC) is a common, nonsurgical procedure
that can help your doctor diagnose a heart problem. In some cases, catheterization
can be used to treat heart disease as well. The procedure is done in a catheterization
laboratory ("cath lab"). Physicians who perform this procedure are
cardiologists with special training.
Capital Region has two, full-service catheterization labs.
The new all-digital lab replaces conventional x-ray imaging components with
crisper, cleaner, clearer images. Images are viewed, networked and archived
electronically in a totally film-less fashion. The all-digital process features
an x-ray system that lets doctors and patients view cardiac x-rays in seconds.
In both labs, patients at Capital Region can feel confident
that their x-ray images have the excellent quality required for physicians to
make a confident diagnosis and perform a therapeutic intervention if required.
Why is a Cardiac Catheterization done?
Chest discomfort and shortness of breath are a few signs or
symptoms of heart disease that may concern your physician. You have probably
been through a number of tests already such as a treadmill or stress test, an
echocardiogram, or a nuclear scan. Your doctor is recommending a cardiac catheterization
to identify the heart problem or its severity more precisely. A cardiac catheterization
If the blood vessels in your heart have narrowed
If your heart is pumping normally and blood is flowing
If the valves in your heart are functioning normally