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Pacemaker

Aside from cardiac catheterization, the second most common procedure performed by the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a pacemaker implantation.

A pacemaker supplies electrical impulses to the heart to correct an irregular or slow heartbeat. It is implanted under local anesthesia, and the patient usually stays overnight. Many patients return to their jobs and normal activities within several days.

Other common diagnostic and treatment procedures include:

  • Intra-aortic balloon pump placement - to stabilize patients prior to bypass surgery or emergency angioplasty
  • Right-heart catheter insertion - to monitor the heart’s pressures in those awaiting heart transplants