A Cardiac Catheterization is used to take moving pictures of your heart and the surrounding blood vessels. It enables your doctors to see if there are any blockages in the arteries that supply your heart. A cardiac catheterization may be performed when heart disease is suspected. It also may be used on an emergency basis when you have symptoms of a heart attack. If a blockage is found in your coronary arteries, a procedure called an angioplasty can be performed immediately to remove the blockage.
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at UR Medicine is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer many procedures that are unavailable elsewhere in the region.
As part of a medical center actively involved in the latest research, we’re able to provide our patients with the most advanced and safest procedures. In fact, UR Medicine Heart & Vascular was the first in the region to perform coronary stents and angioplasty. We were also the first to perform catheterizations through the arm, using the radial artery approach, the safest route with the fewest complications. What’s more, our team performs a high volume of many procedures, and research shows that centers where the highest volume of a procedure is performed generally have the best outcomes.
For details on cardiac catheterization and angiograms at UR Medicine, contact us at (585) 275-5384.