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A cardiac catheterization laboratory is a special hospital ward where doctors perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. Procedures performed in cardiac catheterization labs almost always involve small, flexible tubes called catheters that can be used to access the heart and blood vessels in lieu of surgery. The catheterization lab has special imaging equipment that looks at the arteries and checks the flow of blood into and out of the heart. This information can help healthcare professionals diagnose and treat blockages and other arterial problems. Cardiac catheterization laboratories require critical skills. These specialized nurses play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mild to severe heart disease. As the nation ages and cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death, nurses with cardiac catheterization laboratory experience will simultaneously maintain demand in U.S. hospitals.
Interventional cardiology procedures are performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory. Procedures include diagnostics such as: identifying blocked vessels, assessing hemodynamics, assessing pumping function, cardiac biopsy, and assessing heart valves.
In addition, cardiac catheterization is used to treat heart conditions, including percutaneous coronary intervention, replacement or opening of narrowed heart valves, placement of pacemakers or defibrillators, and ablation to correct irregular heart rhythms. Some birth defects can also be treated with cardiac catheterization. Typically, the patient is sedated during cardiac catheterization, and properly trained nurses can administer mild sedation.
However, the nurse should not have any other responsibility when sedating the patient not to affect the assessment. Nurses should monitor for hemodynamic instability, respiratory changes, or side effects of reversible medications.