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Patient undergoing cardiac catherization

Cardiac Catheterization

Rutland Regional’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab offers cardiac patients advanced diagnostic testing. Our cardiac catheterization laboratory is a specialized procedure area where many of the diagnostic testing cardiology procedures are performed.

Specialized minimally invasive cardiac catheterization procedures such as diagnostic coronary angiogram are performed by board-certified cardiologists.

Cardiology procedures also include the implantation of pacemakers. These small devices, inserted under the skin in the chest, help arrhythmia and heart failure patients maintain a healthy heart rate and rhythm.

Patients who need interventional cardiology procedures such as stents, defibrillators or bypass surgery are referred or transported to partner hospital The University of Vermont Medical Center or Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

What happens during a cardiac catheterization?

  • You may be given medicine to relax you, but you will stay awake.
  • You go to the hospital’s heart catheterization laboratory (“cath lab”).
  • You lie on a table near a camera and other equipment.
  • Your doctor numbs a spot on your groin or arm and inserts a thin tube (catheter) into an artery and up to the heart.
  • Special fluid goes through the catheter so arteries show up well on the X-ray.
  • X-rays are taken as the fluid goes through the artery.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath or cough.
  • By studying the X-ray images, the doctor can see any problems with your coronary arteries.
  • If you wish, you can see the X-ray pictures on the screen during or after the test.

Contact Us

You can reach the Rutland Heart Center at 1.855.RHC.BEAT (1.855.742.2328) or at 802.747.3600.

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Rutland Heart Center
12 Commons Street
Rutland, VT 05701

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