Cardiac Catheterization

During cardiac catheterization, your Adventist HealthCare interventional cardiologist will use minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat heart problems. Our specialists — many of whom are board certified — hold training in cardiovascular disease and the use of catheters for treatment.

What’s Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is also called cardiac cath or heart cath. Your doctor will place a long, thin tube (catheter) into an artery or vein in your groin or wrist that goes to your heart. Then, you may have certain diagnostic tests or treatments.

Because cardiac catheterization uses small incisions and tiny tools, you’ll be more likely to heal quickly and avoid problems like infection, pain and bleeding.

Why is Heart Cath Done?

Your doctor may recommend cardiac catheterization to:

  • Diagnose and treat heart disease
  • Prevent blood clots
  • Repair or replace heart valves
  • Treat heart arrhythmia through ablation
  • Treat congenital heart defects

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)

Look to our interventional cardiologists for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PCI inserts thin wires and tiny balloons and mesh tubes called stents into blocked arteries to improve blood flow to the heart.

Top Hospitals for PCI

Expect care that’s not only known throughout the state for excellence, but the nation. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital are the only hospitals in Montgomery County to hold Chest Pain Center with PCI accreditation. Shady Grove Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the U.S. to hold Cardiac Catheterization Lab Accreditation with PCI.

PCI After a Heart Attack

Rely on our cardiovascular specialists to do either PCI or cardiac bypass surgery as soon as possible to restore blood flow to your heart during a heart attack.

Transradial Catheterization

Choose our team for one of the most advanced interventional cardiology approaches available – transradial catheterization. This technique uses an artery in the wrist to access the arteries of the heart.

You may benefit from an even shorter recovery period than if you had cardiac catheterization through the groin, as well as less risk of bleeding and pain. Most people are able to leave the hospital within 24 hours after transradial catheterization.

National Leader for Wrist Catheterization

Find expert, skilled care at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital, the first in Maryland to become a training center for physicians across the country to learn how to perform this innovative procedure. Washington Adventist Hospital performs 60 percent of its cardiac catheterizations through the wrist, more than twice the national average.

Transradial Recovery Lounge

Access a higher level of comfort during your recovery in the Radial Recovery Lounge at Washington Adventist Hospital. This space provides a modern and home-like setting for patients. In a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, you’ll enjoy:

  • Ability to control room lighting through a dimmer switch
  • Around-the-clock monitoring by our expert cardiac care team
  • Individual high-definition televisions
  • Specialized lounge chairs that let you rest upright and comfortably

Find a Doctor

Find an Adventist HealthCare affiliated cardiologist by calling our FREE physician referral service at 800-642-0101 or by searching our online physician directory.

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