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Information on Cardiac Catheterization at KishHealth System

KishHealth System performs cardiac catheterizations for two reasons. Cardiac caths are used as a diagnostic procedure to determine the condition of the coronary arteries, heart valves and/or heart muscle. They are also employed as emergency treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.

During a cardiac catheterization procedure:

  • The cardiologist gathers important information about the coronary arteries and heart function.
  • If the physician feels it is necessary and the patient’s consent has been obtained, further interventions can be done to treat some abnormalities like a blocked artery.
  • These interventions include balloon angioplasty and stent placement. Visit Cardiac Catheterization to learn more about cardiac cath at KishHealth System.

Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology, another type of care provided in the KishHealth System Cardiac & Vascular Interventional Suite is used to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms. Sometimes these abnormal heart rhythms require the implantation of a special device to determine the reason for the rhythm disturbance. A specially trained electrophysiology physician performs these implantations. If necessary, further interventions can be implemented during the cardiac catheterization to improve the rhythm of the heart. These interventions include pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD). Patients with ICDs may also need periodic testing to evaluate the function of their ICD and/or the effectiveness of medications taken to maintain healthy heart rhythms.

Preparing for Cardiac Catheterization

  • You may not have food or drink after midnight the night before your procedure.
  • If your physician instructs you to do so, you may take your medications as you normally would the morning of your test, but only with a small sip of water.
  • If your test is in the afternoon, you may only drink clear liquids in the morning.
  • No eating or drinking is allowed six hours before the procedure.
  • On the day of your procedure, you may be given medication through your IV to relax you.
  • When your procedure is done, you will stay for a recovery period and then your physician will decide whether you may go home the same day or if you need to stay overnight in the hospital.
  • Before you leave the hospital, you will be given discharge instructions related to your procedure.

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