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catheterization is done in the cardiac catheterization laboratory ("cath
lab") by a cardiologist.
Some of the tests and procedures
that are done in a cath lab include:
You will lie on a flat table under a large X-ray machine.
Several small pads or patches (electrodes) will be attached to your legs and arms
with a special paste or gel. These electrodes are connected to an electrocardiogram
(EKG, ECG) machine that continuously records the electrical activity of your
heart during the test or procedure.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerGeorge Philippides, MD - CardiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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