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Cardiac catheterization is done in the cardiac catheterization laboratory ("cath lab") by a cardiologist.
Some of the tests and procedures that are done in a cath lab include:
You will lie on a flat table under a large X-ray machine. Several small metal leads (electrodes) will be attached to your legs and arms with a special paste or gel. These leads are connected to an electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) machine that continuously records the electrical activity of your heart during the test or procedure.
Last Revised: July 20, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
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