Cardiac Catheterization Lab

The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Jennie Edmundson Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that performs a variety of evaluative functions, including assessment of the coronary arteries, heart valves and heart muscle.

Monitoring Your Heart

In some situations, your physician may recommend a heart catheterization - a specialized study to monitor the performance of your heart and to check for blocked coronary arteries.  It will also determine whether you may need angioplasty and stents. 

The Cath Lab

The cath lab is often the first stop for patients experiencing a possible cardiac emergency/heart attack with signs and symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, arm/jaw pain, sweating, dizziness or palpitations.

The catheterization procedure is performed with a very thin, hollow tube inserted into an artery in the groin or wrist and guided to the heart.  Once there, the catheter can be maneuvered to different locations to determine artery blockage.  Sedatives are given before and during the procedure for relaxation, and recovery takes place in a separate area pending discharge or admission into the hospital.  A typical procedure takes approximately one hour, and same-day results are provided.  You and your physician will use this report as a guide for your heart treatment plan. 

Cath Lab Services

Methodist Jennie Edmundson's Cath Lab operates 24/7.  In this procedural area, a variety of life-sustaining cardiac procedures are performed to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of heart conditions.  Methodist Jennie Edmundson exceeds national guidelines with an average door to balloon times less than 60 minutes.

  • Heart Catheterizations/Balloons/Stents/CTO
  • Fractional FLow Reserve Wire (FFR)
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Pacemaker/Defibrillator/Loop Recorder
  • Electrophysiology Studies/Cardiac Ablation
  • Peripheral Angiogram/Balloons/Stents


Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cardiac Center
933 E. Pierce Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503