Cardiac Catheterization

heart illustrationCardiac Catheterization (also called Cardiac Cath or Coronary Angiogram) is a minimally invasive procedure that allows a heart specialist to "see" how your heart is functioning. In non-emergency situations, it is usually an outpatient procedure with recovery in a few hours.

How to Prepare For The Test

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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


Procedures Using Catheterization

At the Owensboro Health Heart Center, Cardiac Catheterization is also used to perform several therapeutic procedures to open blocked arteries.

  • Balloon Angioplasty
  • A mesh tube called a Stent may also be used to prop open an artery.
  • Cardiologists can also remove plaque from the wall of an artery using a Blade or Laser-Equipped Catheter.

Heart Attack Treatment

A Heart Attack (also known as a Myocardial Infarction) is the damage of heart muscle from the sudden blockage of a Coronary Artery by a blood clot. As part of a nationwide quality initiative, Owensboro Health has adopted guidelines proven to improve survivability during a Heart Attack.

When an emergency situation arises, Owensboro Health cardiologists and members of the cath lab team arrive at the hospital in 30 minutes or less, making Owensboro Health a leader in Heart Attack care.

Patients with blocked arteries receive treatment in an average of only 61 minutes, compared to the 90-minute standard established by the American College of Cardiologists and the American Heart Association.

About Our Cath Lab


The Owensboro Health Heart Center contains four Cath Labs, including:

  • (3) Cardiovascular Labs
  • (1) Electrophysiology Lab


Our facility provides services for 10 cardiologists, including nine Interventionalists and one Electrophysiologist.

Our staff also includes:

  • 12 full-time registered nurses (RNs)
  • 11 full-time radiologic technologists (RTs)
  • 1 material tech

Each staff member has a critical-care-related background, trains under an experienced preceptor, and is evaluated quarterly for skill development.

Cases typically run Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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). 

Where To Go

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.

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Contact Us

Cardiology - 270-417-7500 or 800-304-0808

Cardiothoracic Surgery - 270-417-7500

24-Hour Health Information Line - 855-417-8555

Owensboro Health Main Line - 270-417-2000

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