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Day 6: What is a Cath Lab?

A catheterization laboratory or cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterization procedure.

The cath lab is a sterile area, so everyone in the room will wear gowns, masks, and caps. The doctor and assistants actually performing the procedure will also wear sterile gloves. A large X-ray camera will be above the table to take pictures of the procedure.

Your doctor may schedule you for a cardiac catheterization if you have recently had one or more

episodes of cardiac symptoms such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • A combination of any of these symptoms
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