Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Contact and Hours

CMHVI Diagnostic Testing Center
60 High Street, Y1
Lewiston, Maine 04240
(207) 795-8200

Testing Center services:

Lipid Clinic
60 High Street, (Ground floor)
Central Maine Heart Associates
(207) 753-3900

Single-Stay Unit (SSU)
60 High Street, Y3
Lewiston, Maine 04240
(207) 753-3907

CMHVI Cardiac Catheterization Lab Used to Diagnose and Treat Heart Problems

The CMHVI cardiac catheterization laboratory -- also known as “the cath lab” -- has two functions. Cardiologists, assisted by a team of specialty nurses and radiologic technicians, perform cardiology diagnostic procedures here. Interventional cardiac procedures are also performed in the lab.

Catheterization Allows Cardiologists to Measure Blood Pressure, Oxygen Levels and Detect Blockages

During a catheterization, a cardiologist guides a catheter (a thin plastic tube) through an artery in the arm or leg into coronary arteries. Dye is injected through the catheter, to make images that can be captured in an X-ray. This test can measure blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, and detects blockages that may have to be repaired.

Other catheterization procedures include:

  • Diagnostic right and left heart catheterization to assess and diagnose coronary artery disease
  • Percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary artery stent placement
  • Direct angioplasty for treatment of acute myocardial infarction
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump
  • Pacemaker placement
  • Procedural education
  • Diagnostic peripheral arterial catheterization
  • Percutaneous peripheral arterial intervention (stent placement, angioplasty, limb salvage)
  • Diagnostic and intervention peripheral arterial procedures

CMHVI Cath Lab Uses State-of-the-Art Technology

Resources in CMHVI’s cath lab include a multi-view camera that rotates around the patient and provides multiple views. This advanced camera emits less radiation than traditional imaging technology, requires less contrast dye and greatly enhances image quality. Another important tool used during procedures is a hemodynamic system that monitors multiple readings including blood pressure, EKG, pulse and oximetry.