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Cardiac catheterization services

Cardiac catheterization is a way to determine how well the heart is pumping blood and to detect blockages. If a problem is discovered, cardiac catheterization offers an alternative to open heart surgery for some patients through balloon angioplasty, which opens arteries allowing blood to flow more freely. Coronary stenting - in which a small, spring-like device is placed inside the artery - offers additional support to the arterial wall following angioplasty.

All of these procedures are performed in Baptist Health Louisville's cardiac catheterization labs. Most procedures take from one to three hours to perform and are followed by a short hospital stay.