Cardiac catheterization lab in Richmond

Available 24/7 for cardiology services, the advanced cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab) at Chippenham Hospital treats patients in central Virginia with various cardiac conditions, such as heart arrhythmia, heart failure and heart attack.

Our cath lab is equipped with the latest minimally invasive surgical technology, which reduces the recovery time and surgical scarring associated with traditional surgery.

The physicians in our cath lab perform a variety of diagnostic operations, including coronary and peripheral intervention procedures. Our cath lab team is comprised of board-certified interventional cardiologists, cardiac nurse practitioners, registered cath lab nurses and electrophysiology technologists dedicated to providing you with a unique level of unified care.

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

Cardiac cath lab procedures

Our cardiac catheterization lab offers the following procedures:

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

The duration of your time in the cath lab depends on the procedure your doctor ordered. On average, most of our procedures take about two hours for preparation, two hours for the actual procedure and then four hours for recovery. Patients may need to stay overnight for coronary stent or balloon procedures. Ablation procedures last about four to five hours and also require an overnight stay.

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