What is a cardiac cath lab?

The full name is Cardiac Catherization Laboratory – Cath Lab for short. This is a specialized treatment facility used to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease. The procedures conducted in the Cath Lab are an alternative to more traditional open heart surgery.

Using x-ray machines which feed data to the cardiologist real-time, the cardiologist can diagnose and potentially treat CAD and CAD related complications without putting the patient through the stress of open heart surgery.