Heart cath lab in central Virginia

The advanced cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) at Chippenham Hospital is available 24/7. Here, we treat patients who have various cardiac conditions, such as heart disease or irregularities. To ensure your treatment is comprehensive, the cath lab is equipped with advanced minimally invasive surgical technology. This reduces the recovery time and scarring associated with traditional surgical procedures.

To learn more about the services offered at our cardiac catheterization lab, call (804) 483-2350.

Cath lab staff

Our cath lab team is comprised of board-certified interventional cardiologists, cardiac nurse practitioners, registered cath lab nurses and electrophysiology technologists. Everyone on this team works closely with other specialists throughout our hospital, all dedicated to providing you with a unique level of unified heart care.

Procedures offered at our cath lab

We perform a variety of interventions to diagnose and treat conditions such as heart failure and heart arrhythmias. Some of the coronary and peripheral intervention procedures we offer include:

  • 3D mapping
  • Bare metal (mesh-like tube of thin wire inserted into cardiac arteries to treat angina and heart attacks)
  • Biventricular leads
  • Cardioversion
  • Cutting balloon
  • Drug-eluting stents
  • Heart biopsy
  • High-risk coronary stenting with advanced, heart-pump therapies
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Nationally recognized Cardiac Alert program
  • Nitric oxide study for pulmonary hypertension
  • Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) stent
  • Peripheral catheterization
  • Peripheral PTCA stent
  • Pressure wire
  • Renal PTCA stent
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Tilt table testing
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and other advanced heart imaging

What to expect during a cath lab procedure

On average, most of our procedures take about two hours for preparation, two hours for the actual procedure and then four hours for recovery. However, the duration of your time in the cath lab depends on the procedure your doctor ordered.

For example, patients may need to stay overnight for coronary stent or balloon procedures. Similarly, ablation procedures last four to five hours and also require an overnight stay.

After a cath lab procedure

You may not drive yourself home after a cath lab procedure, so please make arrangements to have someone drive you home.