Cardiac catheterization allows our cardiologists to treat certain types of heart conditions. For example, they can:
Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment option. Because it doesn't require surgery, you recover faster, with less pain and fewer complications. Patients who have an interventional treatment, such as placement of a stent, can usually go home the next day.
About 10 percent of patients who undergo catheterization need open heart surgery immediately. At MedStar Heart Institute, we have cath labs that are fully equipped operating rooms, so we never have to move patients in the middle of a procedure.
Learn more about cardiac catheterization and the many other diagnostic tests and procedures we perform for:
MedStar Heart Institute
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
For information or appointments, please call DOCtorsLine at 202-877-DOCS (3627).