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Cardiac Catheterization Procedures


Scheduling and Directions

Emory Decatur Hospital offers cardiac catheterization procedures which allow physicians to get information about the heart or its blood vessels, to provide treatment in certain types of heart conditions or to determine whether you need to have heart surgery. Cardiac catheterization procedures involve passing a thin flexible tube (cardiac catheter) into the right or left side of the heart, usually from the groin or the arm.

Your doctor may perform cardiac catheterization procedures in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital to:

  • Diagnose or evaluate coronary artery disease
  • Diagnose or evaluate congenital heart defects
  • Diagnose or evaluate problems with the heart valves
  • Diagnose causes of heart failure or cardiomyopathy heart disease

Your physician also can use cardiac catheterization procedures to determine certain types of heart defects, valvular disease or blockages in the coronary arteries or grafts in the heart. Click here to watch Dr. David Song explain more about cardiac catheterization.

Preparing for Your Cardiac Catheterization

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your cardiac catheterization. Be sure to ask your physician about any medications you are taking or any questions your might have about your procedure.

You will usually get a mild sedative 30 minutes before the test to help you relax. The test may last 30 minutes to one hour.

You may feel some discomfort at the site where the catheter is placed. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the site, so the only sensation should be one of pressure at the site. You may experience some discomfort from having to remain still for a long time. Once the catheter is in the correct position, the radiologist will inject the anti-cancer drugs and embolic agents. More images will be taken to verify the tumor has been treated. Once the procedure is complete, the catheter is removed and a dressing is placed over the incision. The procedure usually takes 90 minutes.

After Your Cardiac Catheterization

After your test, the catheter is removed. You might feel a firm pressure, used to prevent bleeding at the insertion site. If the catheter is placed in your groin, you will usually be asked to lie flat on your back for a few hours after the test to avoid bleeding.

Your nurse will give you any after-care instructions including any restrictions on activities.

Use these preparation and care instructions as a guide. A detailed report from will be sent to your physician, who will share the results with you.

Scheduling and Directions

Your physician will contact us to schedule your cardiac catheterization for you.

Your procedure will be performed at Emory Decatur Hospital, and you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.

  • From North Decatur Road, enter the hospital campus via Wash Lively Road.
  • At road end, turn right. (Note: If you are in a wheelchair or need to be dropped off at the entrance, turn left and proceed to the Central Registration patient drop-off which is on the right just past the main hospital entrance. Your driver should then turn around and continue to the Visitor/Patient parking deck.)
  • At stop sign, turn left and park in the Visitor/Patient parking deck.
  • Take any elevator or stairs to the 3rd level.
  • Proceed to the Pedestrian Bridge to the hospital.
  • Take bridge straight ahead to the escalators.
  • Take escalators down one level.
  • Once off escalators, turn right and immediately left and follow the directions to the hospital main lobby.
  • Proceed past the hospital Gift Shop on your right.
  • Once in the main lobby, follow the hallway to Central Registration.
  • At the end of hallway, turn left.
  • Central Registration is on the right.

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