Cardiac catheterization lab in Portsmouth

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose and treat some types of cardiovascular conditions.

At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, we use this test to find the cause of symptoms that may be due to heart problems. In our cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab), your doctor can:

  • Locate any narrowed or clogged arteries of the heart
  • Measure pressures within the heart
  • See how well the heart valves and heart chambers are working
  • Check for heart defects
  • Evaluate an enlarged heart
  • Decide on a treatment plan
To learn more about our cath lab services, please call (888) 421-1080.

What is angiography?

Angiography is one of several procedures performed by physicians in our cardiac catheterization lab to precisely diagnose heart or vascular disease.

A minimally invasive procedure, angiography uses X-rays and thin catheters to look inside arteries, veins or other organs. The image area is highlighted using a special dye injected through the flexible catheter, which is inserted into the groin or arm and threaded through the body.

What to expect in our cardiac cath lab

In the cath lab at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, cardiologists perform angiography with the assistance of a qualified nurse and technician while the patient is sedated. Depending on what the cardiologist finds, the procedure may take 45 to 90 minutes. After we remove the catheter, you'll need to remain flat and still for four to six hours.

The Radiation Right safety program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital ensures you receive the lowest effective dose of radiation. We adhere to nationally approved safety protocols that prevent accidental or excessive exposure to radiation.