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Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose and treat heart conditions. This nonsurgical method can be used to determine if you have heart disease, check your heart muscle function or expand narrowed arteries to improve blood flow to the heart.

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Cardiac catheterization (cath) in Richmond, Virginia

Our cardiac cath experts will take care of you.

At Chippenham Hospital, our top priorities are providing an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. Our 24/7 heart cath lab can address cardiac conditions using advanced technology to reduce the recovery time and scarring associated with traditional procedures.

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Understanding your heart health is a valuable preventive care tool. Take our free assessment to determine your risk of heart disease and what you can do about it.

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Our cardiac catheterization services

The heart specialists in our advanced cardiac cath lab provide superior care when you need it most.

Our team

Our cath lab team is comprised of board-certified interventional cardiologists, cardiac nurse practitioners, registered cath lab nurses and electrophysiology technologists. Everyone on this team works closely with other specialists throughout our hospital to provide you with exceptional heart care.


Our cath lab procedures

We perform a variety of interventions to diagnose and treat conditions such as heart failure and arrhythmias. Some of the coronary and peripheral intervention procedures we offer include:

  • 3D mapping
  • Bare metal stents (mesh-like tube of thin wire inserted into cardiac arteries to treat angina and heart attacks)
  • Biventricular leads
  • Cardioversion
  • Cutting balloon
  • Drug-eluting stents
  • Heart biopsy
  • High-risk coronary stenting with advanced heart-pump therapies
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Nitric oxide study for pulmonary hypertension
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) stent
  • Peripheral catheterization
  • Peripheral PTCA stent
  • Pressure wire
  • Renal PTCA stent
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Tilt table testing
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
After a cath lab procedure

You may not drive yourself home after a cath lab procedure, so please make arrangements to have someone drive you home.

Cath lab procedures

Here is what you can expect when you come in for your cath lab procedure.

Length of your stay for a cath lab procedure

On average, most of our procedures take about two hours for preparation, two hours for the actual procedure and then four hours for recovery. However, the duration of your time in the cath lab depends on the procedure your doctor ordered.

For example, you may need to stay overnight for coronary stent or balloon procedures. Similarly, ablation procedures last four to five hours and also require an overnight stay.


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