Invasive Cardiac Testing

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Many heart conditions can be diagnosed through noninvasive tests such as an EKG or echocardiogram. Sometimes, though, your cardiologist needs to view your heart and arteries from the inside. This usually requires making two small incisions in a major blood vessel and inserting small instruments.

We offer a number of invasive cardiac tests at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, including:

Cardiac Catheterization

Our responsive cath team understands time is of the essence when treating heart disease. We offer the least invasive procedures possible performed by the most experienced and collaborative team in the region.

Carotid Angiogram

Carotid angiography is a diagnostic procedure that shows how your blood flows through the arteries that provide blood to your brain (carotid arteries). The procedure uses a special contrast dye and X-ray imaging to look for narrowed or blocked areas in your arteries that can lead to stroke.

EP Test

To precisely diagnose and treat a heart rhythm abnormality, you may undergo an EP test in our Cardiac Cath Lab. During this minimally invasive procedure, your cardiologist can assess the electrical activity of your heart and test different medications for effectiveness in regulating your heart rhythm.

Intravascular Ultrasound

This minimally invasive procedure uses sound waves to produce images of the inside part of your arteries. An intravascular ultrasound enables your cardiologist to see if any of the blood vessels that supply the heart are blocked or narrowed. If any of your arteries need treatment, your doctor usually can place a stent during the same procedure.