Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Shire

Cardiac Catheterization is a minimally invasive technique used to perform several therapeutic procedures to open blocked arteries. A cardiologist may treat your heart condition with Cardiac Catheterization by inserting a tiny tube (catheter) into an artery near your groin or in your wrist. The catheter is then used to measure blood flow and blood pressure in areas of the pulmonary artery and heart. This procedure is the standard of care for diagnosing and guiding therapy in pulmonary hypertension.

Owensboro Health providers most often access your blood vessels through your wrist, which means you’ll feel more comfortable and be able to walk around sooner after your procedure. In non-emergency situations, it is usually an outpatient procedure with recovery in a few hours.

Your physician may recommend a treatment such as:

  • Atherectomy (plaque removal from arteries)
  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Repair of Atrial Septal Defect and Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Valve Repair or Replacement

How to Prepare for the Test

You should not eat or drink for 6 - 8 hours before the test. The test takes place in a hospital and you will be asked to wear a hospital gown. Sometimes, you will need to spend the night before the test in the hospital. Otherwise, you will come to the hospital the morning of the procedure.

Your health care provider will explain the procedure and its risks. A witnessed, signed consent form for the procedure is required.

Tell your doctor if you:

  • Are allergic to seafood or any medications
  • Have had a bad reaction to contrast dye or iodine in the past
  • Take any medicines, including Viagra or other drugs for erectile dysfunction
  • Might be pregnant

Where to GoDiagnostics waiting room

To check in for your Catheterization procedure, visit the Heart Center desk, located in the Outpatient Concourse. You can reach this area through the hospital's main entrance; just go left past the Information Desk.

Prepare For Your Visit and make your time at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital go smoothly by exploring Patient & Visitor Information, including tips on preregistering, parking, getting around and using patient rooms.

Quality Measures

  • American College of Cardiology - National Cardiovascular Data Registry
  • Patient satisfaction through PRC
  • Regular staff and peer review

We monitor a number of quality measures, including the time it takes for a heart attack patient to receive treatment after entering the ER (door-to-balloon time).