Jefferson's state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in New Jersey features the most advanced cardiac digital imaging technology, as well as a team of highly trained physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and technologists dedicated to making your stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
A cardiac catheterization is a procedure that takes a special X-ray of your heart to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis about its condition. It is not an operation or surgery. During a cardiac catheterization, a catheter (a long, bendable, narrow tube) is inserted into your artery and/or vein and through a very small incision and then guided into your heart. From there, the catheter is guided through the blood vessel into a heart chamber or a coronary artery (a coronary artery is one of the “fuel lines” that supplies the heart muscle with blood).
A special contrast (X-ray) dye is then injected that allows the doctor to see the coronary arteries and chambers of the heart on the screen. Sometimes, blood samples are taken and pressures are measured during the catheterization. The physician looks for arteries that have become narrowed or blocked and also sees how effectively your heart valves are working. As you may well know, if not addressed, a blocked coronary artery may cause chest pain, shortness of breath or even a myocardial infarction (heart attack). The doctor may also determine at the time of your procedure what additional treatment may be needed.
About the Cardiac Catheterizations
While you will be provided with more detailed patient instructions should you be scheduled for a cardiac catheterization, here are some key points about the procedure:
- You will receive a call in the afternoon or early evening the day before your procedure with information about when to arrive at the hospital and details about how to prepare for your procedure
- Elective procedures are scheduled Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 6 PM
- After midnight and the morning of your procedure, do not drink or eat anything (including gum, candy or mints)
- Valet parking is available at the main hospital entrance. Be sure to bring your identification, insurance card, and all medications in their original bottles with you to the hospital
- Upon arriving at the hospital, please go to the Admissions Department near the hospital lobby front desk. After registering, you will be directed to the Same-Day Surgery Unit
- To prevent a delay in the procedure, please have any required laboratory work/testing done prior to your procedure date
- Visitors are not permitted in the procedure area, family/friends will be asked to wait in the Medical Imaging waiting area nearby during your procedure
- Food and beverages are available at the hospital cafeteria, located on the lower level
- Patients should expect to spend at least six hours at the hospital the day of their procedure
What to Expect After the Procedure
After your procedure is completed, your physician will determine if you can be discharged home or if you will need to be admitted to the hospital. If you are discharged, you must make arrangements for transportation, as you cannot drive. If you are admitted, every effort will be made to assign your room as quickly as possible.
Please be aware that our staff does its best to anticipate the length of each procedure and schedules patient cases accordingly. However, emergency cases, changes in a patient’s condition, or an increase in the number and/or complexity of cases, may impact the amount of time needed for each procedure, which may, unfortunately, delay your start time. Please know that we are dedicated to providing the best care possible for all of our patients and we appreciate your understanding if a delay occurs.
Jefferson Heart Center – Catheterization Laboratory
Jefferson Washington Township Hospital
435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Turnersville, NJ 08012
After business hours, calls are forwarded to a voicemail system. Calls are returned the next business day between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
Fritz Bech, MD - Jefferson Health in New Jersey
Brian Corbett, DO - Cooper University Hospital