Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that we use to diagnose and treat various heart and cardiovascular issues. When performing the procedure, our doctors place a catheter, a type of thin, long tube, into either an artery or vein in the groin area, the arm, or the neck. We then thread the catheter to the heart through a blood vessel.
You may require a cardiac catheterization if you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or when a (myocardial infarction) or angina is present. At the first sign of any of these issues, we will have your situation evaluated by a cardiologist using methods such as an electrocardiogram and stress test to determine if a cardiac catheterization is necessary. The cardiac catheterization will help diagnose and determine the course of treatment for your symptoms.
After one of our cardiologists has deemed it necessary for you to have a cardiac catheterization performed, he will schedule the procedure with the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. Our department is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any emergency case, as determined by the director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, will be accommodated, in addition to 24/7 availability for infarct-related angioplasty.
If you are scheduled electively to undergo a cardiac catheterization, you will be contacted by a registered nurse from our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory prior to the procedure. The nurse will attempt to determine if you have had this type of procedure before and what led to and resulted from it. You will be asked about allergies, medical problems, and what, if any, symptoms you are currently experiencing.
Depending on your circumstances, you may already be admitted to Staten Island University Hospital and require a cardiac catheterization. If so, you will be given a pre-procedure teaching by the nursing staff along with your family if possible.
If you are located at the South Site and need the procedure, you will be transported to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory on the day that it is scheduled. You will be monitored for two hours post-procedure and then returned to the South Site.
Our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory has a waiting area for your family where they may see the physician and receive information about your procedure and condition. It is also available for cardioversions and transesophageal echo (TEE) if needed. These procedures are requested by a cardiologist.