Cardiac Care in the Cath Lab
Cardiac Cath Lab patients who receive their care in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab are referred because they have had symptoms that are suggestive of heart disease (chest tightness or discomfort and/or shortness of breath). A cardiac catheterization can diagnose heart vessel blockages, heart disease or congenital abnormalities.
Some blockages can be treated in the Cath Lab with angioplasty or Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) which involves opening a blockage with a balloon catheter often followed by the insertion of a stent to keep the vessel open.
These important treatment tools are a part of an comprehensive cardiac care program available at the Richmond VAMC