Cardiac Catheterization

State-of-the-art diagnostics to combat heart disease

As a leading cause of death in the United States of both men and women, heart disease affects a large segment of the population. Thankfully, advanced procedures are available to diagnose and treat cardiovascular issues before they cause irreversible damage.

Oroville Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab offers state-of-the-art imaging to diagnose heart disease related to muscle damage or blockages of the arteries. Using high-resolution imaging and a catheter inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to the heart, physicians can perform cardiac procedures including coronary angiogram, and pacemaker and defibrillator implantation, which improve cardiac function and overall health.

Cardiac Laboratory Procedures Include:

  • Coronary angiogram: a dye IV contrast is injected to evaluate the blood vessels of the heart and determine if there are any blockages that restrict blood flow.
  • Pacemaker implantation: pacemakers are implantable, battery-powered devices placed under the skin that mimic the natural rhythm of the heart. They send steady electrical impulses to the heart muscles, which contract and expand to pump blood throughout the body. Temporary, single, dual or bi-ventricular pacemakers are available based on recommendations from a physician. 
  • Defibrillator implantation: an implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that monitors a patient’s heart rate. When the heart begins to beat erratically, an electric shock is delivered to restore normal rhythm.

In addition to cardiac catheterization procedures that address rhythm or blood flow, Oroville Hospital offers guided cardiac rehabilitation services to help patients live their healthiest lives following a heart procedure or coronary disease diagnosis. Learn more about our cardiac rehabilitation services here.

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