Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to determine if there are blockages or narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
During the procedure, a catheter is inserted in an artery or vein in the groin or arm and is guided through your blood vessels to your heart. Physicians can perform other diagnostic tests during the procedure, and can also perform various heart disease treatments.
Our Cardiac Catheterization labs remain available for emergency cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Angioplasty & Stenting
During this procedure a catheter is inserted and guided by a physician to open up blood vessels. A stent or small, wire-mesh tube, is inserted to keep the blood vessel open to allow normal blood flow. Angioplasty and stenting is used in treating blockages in your heart vessels. Adventist Catheterization Labs have been performing these peripheral procedures since 1998.
The Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute is dedicated to radial catheterization in which the physician uses the radial artery in the wrist to insert the catheter, rather than go through the femoral artery in the groin. Using the femoral artery requires patients to lie still for hours. With the radial approach, patients are able to move around moments after the procedure. This procedure may be more comfortable and recovery is much faster, allowing the patient to return home the same day.