UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, provides diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization procedures in a single location, so you have convenient access to the latest imaging services, equipment and facilities.
We perform more than 7,000 cardiac catheterization procedures each year which means a high rate of success for our patients.
Diagnostic cardiac catheterization (also called cardiac cath or coronary angiogram) allows your doctor to see how well your heart and blood vessels are functioning.
The test involves inserting a long, narrow tube, called a catheter, into a blood vessel in your leg, and guiding it to your heart with the aid of a special machine.
Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
Diagnostic cardiac catheterization enables your doctor to evaluate your heart function. It can help:
- Evaluate or confirm coronary artery disease, valve disease or disease of the aorta
- Evaluate heart muscle function
- Determine if further treatment such as an interventional procedure or coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG, surgery is needed
Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
Interventional cardiac catheterization is a nonsurgical treatment used to open narrowed coronary arteries to improve blood flow to the heart. It can be performed during a diagnostic cardiac catheterization when a blockage is identified, or scheduled at a later time.
Interventional cardiac catheterization procedures include:
- Balloon angioplasty
- Balloon angioplasty with stenting
- Rotablation (percutaneous transluminal rotational atherectomy or PTRA)
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)/patent foraman ovale (PFO) closure