Memorial Hospital is the leading provider of heart catheterizations in northeast Florida. Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to locate blockages in the blood vessels, determine the amount of oxygen in the heart, test pressure, perform a tissue biopsy in the heart, diagnose heart defects and look for problems with heart valves. Recovery time from a cath procedure is quick and there is a relatively low risk for complications.
Cardiac catheterization is also used in the following procedures that treat heart disease:
- Angioplasty with or without stent placement
- Ablation for heart arrhythmia
- Thrombectomy for blood clots
- Closure of holes in the heart, including PFO (patent foramen ovale)
- Repair or replace leaky heart valves
The nationally established door-to-balloon time goal for a coronary angioplasty is 90 minutes. Memorial Hospital’s average time is an impressive 57 minutes!
Cardiac catheterizations are generally performed under local anesthesia, meaning you’re awake for the procedure, as it causes little or no pain. A dye is injected into a small tube so the cardiologist can get a clear view of the affected area.
View the Heart Center brochure on Cardiac Catheterization (PDF - 1.1 KB) »