Cardiac Catheterization Lab

St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre features a Cardiac Catheterization Lab equipped with two state of the art machines for diagnostic testing by cardiac catheterization, and coronary intervention with angioplasty. Patients in need of emergency coronary intervention have access to this service on a 24/7 basis.

Cardiac catheterization, is a procedure in which a “catheter” (a long narrow tube) is inserted into your artery and/or vein and is guided into your heart. Special x-ray dye is then injected which allows your doctor to see the chambers, valves, and coronary arteries in your heart on an x-ray monitor screen.

It is very important that you understand what will happen and what you need to do to prepare for your procedure. St. Mary’s will mail a booklet to your home to explain the process.

What is angioplasty?

An angioplasty is a procedure used to help open blocked arteries. A catheter with a special balloon is put into the coronary artery at the site which is narrowed. By inflating the balloon it compresses the blockage to the sides of the artery and stretches the artery slightly, allowing blood to flow freely once more. St. Mary’s will mail a booklet to your home to help you better understand what to expect before, during and after your angioplasty

Cardiac Catheterization Suite showing two St. Mary's employees with a patient on the procedure table.

For more information on the Catheterization Lab and its services contact 
Rachel Romany, Program Manager
Cardiac Catheterization Lab, PCI, TAVI and VAT Team
519-749-6578 ext. 1904.