Cardiovascular Catheterization


Located on the sixth floor of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, three cardiovascular catheterization labs are digitally connected to the Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield. This means that Prairie Cardiovascular physicians performing procedures at HSHS St. Mary’s can quickly and conveniently consult directly with their peers in Springfield.

Common procedures performed in the lab include pacemaker insertions and diagnostic catheterizations used to identify blockages in the arteries leading to the heart. At St. Mary’s, cardiac catheterizations can be performed through the radial artery in the wrist, which improves patient mobility post-procedure, or through an artery in the groin. Your physician will determine the best approach for you based on your individual anatomy and medical history.

If a blockage is identified during the catheterization, an interventional cardiology procedure can often be performed at HSHS St. Mary’s to treat it. If open-heart surgery is recommended, the specialists at the Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield have immediate access to the results of your catheterization and your electronic medical records, thereby providing continuity of care for you.

Our catheterization labs offers superior image quality at a very low radiation dose and enables cardiologists to better view and treat coronary artery blockages that could contribute to cardiovascular damage and heart attack.

For more information about St. Mary’s cardiac catheterization services, please call 464-7584.