The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at St. Mary's Hospital is an initiative of The Rensselaer Regional Heart Institute and a joint venture with Samaritan Hospital. Patients no longer need travel to Albany or elsewhere to have this procedure — it can now be done at St. Mary’s.
When plaque builds up inside the lining of blood vessels, they can become narrowed or blocked. Cardiac catheterization is a procedure through which doctors can determine if there is disease in the coronary arteries. During the test, dye is injected into the coronary arteries, which makes it possible for the doctor to locate and determine the size of any narrowing or blockages. This test is usually done to determine whether a patient requires angioplasty or heart bypass surgery.
Cardiac Catheterization does not require a hospital stay. You should plan to return home the day of your test. Please make arrangements to have a responsible adult drive you home and have someone stay with you for the rest of the day.
For questions or to arrange for an appointment, please call (518) 268-6179.