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Experts in Heart Care

TriStar Centennial interventional cardiologists help diagnose and treat heart conditions utilizing non-surgical diagnostic and catheter-based interventional treatments. Such therapies include the use of angioplasty, stents, embolization protection devices and intravascular ultrasound techniques.

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization, also referred to as a coronary artery angiography, is a minimally-invasive imaging examination of the vessels and chambers of the heart, often done to identify any narrowed or clogged coronary arteries that are preventing blood from reaching the heart. It can also be used to measure the size and function of the heart and its valves.

These procedures are conducted in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, also known as the “Cath Lab”. Patients are given a mild sedative and anesthetic but generally remain conscious throughout the procedure.

Cardiac catheterization helps doctors:

  • Identify narrowed or clogged arteries of the heart
  • Measure blood pressure within the heart
  • Evaluate how well the heart valves and chambers are working
  • Check heart defects
  • Evaluate an enlarged heart
  • Determine appropriate next treatment steps, like another interventional procedure or surgery

Our cardiovascular specialists are among the country’s leading experts in the field of intervention. Many of our physicians trained at world-renowned institutions including Cleveland Clinic, John Hopkins and Emory, and publish extensively in national peer-reviewed journals. We perform thousands of interventional heart procedures each year with outcomes that surpass national standards for minimizing heart damage during a heart attack.