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Cardiovascular Care

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

As one of the most active cardiac catheterization labs in Massachusetts, our Cardiovascular Center's service at South Shore Hospital provides diagnostic and minimally invasive treatment preocedures for heart conditions. In a cardiac emergency, our Code AMI team experts expedite and coordinate care for you and your family.

The procedure involves the placement of a thin tube called the catheter into the heart to measure pressures and take x-ray pictures. We provide 24/7 coverage for life-saving emergency procedures.

How to Prepare for Your Appointment

  • Do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before your test, or as directed by your doctor. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor about adjusting your medications.
  • Your doctore may recommend you stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).
  • Please bring an updated list of your medications and dosages, including herbs, supplements, and over-the-counter medications.
  • Expect the procedure to take at least two to three hours. Be prepared to stay longer and pack an overnight bag of supplies: including clothes, pajamas, and a toothbrush.

Contact Us

Cardiovascular services: 781-624-8272


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