Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Diagnosing heart conditions and determining the need for heart surgery.

The cardiac catheterization lab at Methodist Hospital performs a variety of diagnostic tests, including assessment of the coronary arteries, heart valves and heart muscle.

The catheterization lab can also diagnose various heart conditions and determine the need for heart surgery or other treatments. From pre-admission preparations through discharge, our staff is dedicated to educating and assisting you every step of the way. Procedures we perform include:

  • Diagnostic heart catheterizations
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent placement
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Cryoablation

Reasons for these procedures

A cardiac catheterization may be performed to assist in the diagnosis of the following heart conditions:


A gradual clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and other substances in the blood stream


An enlargement of the heart due to thickening or weakening of the heart muscle

Congenital heart disease

Defects in one or more heart structures that occur during fetal development, such as a ventricular septal defect (hole in the wall between the two lower chambers of the heart)

Congestive heart failure

A condition in which the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood efficiently, causing fluid buildup (congestion) in the blood vessels and lungs, and edema (swelling) in the feet, ankles, and other parts of the body

Valvular heart disease

Malfunction of one or more of the heart valves that can affect blood flow within the heart

Symptoms and catheterization

A cardiac catheterization may also be performed if you have recently had an episode(s) of one or more of the following cardiac symptoms:

  • Chest pain or angina
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue


Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St.
Omaha, NE 68114