As all heart problems do not necessarily require open-heart surgery, cardiac catheterization—a minimally invasive procedure—can examine how well your heart is working and identify any concerning conditions. In our Cath Lab at Hilton Head Hospital,
we can diagnose and treat a variety of issues.
Our experienced team performs the following procedures
Coronary and left ventricular digital angiography
Coronary intravascular ultrasound
Right and left heart catheterization
How is the cardiac catheterization procedure performed?
During this safe and simple procedure, our doctors insert a tube into your heart through a vein. The technique allows the doctor to take pictures, insert stents or perform an angioplasty. During a cardiac catheterization, you do not need general anesthesia
and, in most cases, will not need to stay overnight at the hospital.
Why might I need to visit the Cath Lab?
Common reasons for a visit to the Cath Lab are symptoms of chest pain, dizziness, fatigue or shortness of breath, the same symptoms that warn of a potential heart attack. Based on your symptoms, your doctor and cardiologist will determine if you need
the cardiac catheterization procedure.
How do I prepare for a visit to the Cath Lab?
Prior to your visit, your doctor and cardiologist will provide detailed instructions. Most likely, you will be asked to provide blood and urine samples, as well as a chest x-ray or electrocardiogram, also called an EKG.
You will also need to
Arrange for a friend or family member to provide transportation to and from the hospital.
Have a list of all medications you are currently taking.
Follow your doctor’s instructions on changing your medication dosage.
Not eat, drink or chew gum after midnight the day before the procedure.
"This is a dialog window which overlays the main content of the page and plays an embedded YouTube video. Pressing the Close Modal button at the bottom of the modal or pressing the Escape key will close the modal and bring you back to where you were on the page.