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    Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

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    Person being treated in a cardiac catheterization lab

    Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

    Cardiac catheterization is done in the cardiac catheterization laboratory ("cath lab") by a cardiologist.

    Some of the tests and procedures that are done in a cath lab include:

    • Testing for heart disease with an angiogram.
    • Treating heart disease with angioplasty and stenting.
    • Testing for and treating heart rhythm problems.

    You will lie on a flat table under a large X-ray machine. Several small pads or patches (electrodes) will be attached to your legs and arms with a special paste or gel. These electrodes are connected to an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) machine that continuously records the electrical activity of your heart during the test or procedure.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Specialist Medical Reviewer George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

    Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015

    Current as of: February 20, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

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