A procedure to remove plaque from the inside of a blood vessel. This procedure is performed in conjunction with a cardiac catheterization.

What to Expect 

You will most likely be admitted to the hospital the day of the procedure. The Cardiologist may prescribe medication to help you relax before the procedure. The Cardiac Cath Lab staff will clean and shave your skin where the catheter will be inserted. Once in the procedure room, you will be situated on an X-Ray table and covered with sterile drapes. A local anesthetic is given by injection to keep you from feeling any pain. 

A catheter is inserted and gently guided toward your heart while your doctor is watching the advancement of the catheter on a video monitor. The catheter position is changed multiple times throughout the test. Dye will be injected into the catheter in certain areas of your heart chamber and arteries to help visualize the areas. A special catheter will be inserted which pulverizes plaque into minute micro particles. When the procedure is finished, the catheter will be removed and the insertion site will be firmly pressed on. You will need to remain lying down for a few hours to prevent bleeding before you are discharged.

What to Do 

The night before your catheterization, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight. You will need to arrive at the hospital at least one hour prior to your appointment, the time will be specified by your physician office. If you wear glasses, please bring them so you may read consent forms and educational material which will be provided to you when you arrive.

Where to Go 

Evanston Hospital - Ambulatory Surgery, 3rd Floor
Glenbrook Hospital - Same Day Surgery, 4th Floor
Highland Park Hospital - Stop at the information desk at the front entrance to check in

Who to Call if you Have Questions 

If you have questions, or would like additional information, please call:
Evanston Hospital 847.570.2216
Glenbrook Hospital 847.570.2216
Highland Park Hospital 847.480.3956

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