Samaritan Hospital is proud to offer cardiac catheterization to the residents of Rensselaer County and surrounding areas. Our team of cardiologists and vascular specialists are among the finest in the area.
Cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath) is a test that shows the pumping ability of the heart and the blood flow through the coronary arteries. Cardiac catheterization provides more accurate and detailed information about how your heart is working than other diagnostic tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), an exercise stress test, an echocardiogram or thallium heart scan.
Cardiac catheterization is performed in a specially equipped x-ray room called a cath lab. The test involves placing a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel and advancing it to the heart. The test is performed by a cardiologist who has specialized training in the care of the heart.
Cardiac catheterization helps your doctor diagnose diseases of the heart such as clogged arteries, heart valve defects or heart muscle damage. It can confirm that the heart is normal and provides reassurance that the symptoms are not related to heart problems.
If problems are identified by the catheterization procedure, it will help your doctor develop a treatment plan.
For more information on cardiac catheterization at Samaritan Hospital, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (518) 268-6179.