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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.
Current as of: December 16, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine
Medical Review:Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology & Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine