Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure that gives the cardiologist a guided tour of the inside of the heart. The cardiologist inserts a catheter — a long, slender, flexible tube — into a vein or artery and guides it into the heart. Once the catheter is in place, a small amount of dye is injected into it. The view of the heart, highlighted by the contrast of the dye, is projected onto computer monitors and processed digitally. Then, it is recorded on a compact disc.
Through cardiac catheterization, a physician can explore the heart's structure and identify problems such as clogged arteries before a heart attack occurs. The results of this exploration help the cardiologist decide the most appropriate treatment for the patient.
RWJ Hamilton's cardiac catheterization lab is equipped with the most advanced technology available. Staffed by some of the state's finest cardiologists, cardiac nurses and highly trained medical professionals, we provide a full spectrum of comprehensive diagnostic procedures.
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