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Cardiac team performs a procedure in the catheterization lab

Interventional cardiology services correct problems with your heart.

These life-saving services are very resource-intensive and have better outcomes when they are done in higher volumes. That's why interventional cardiology services have been centralized at the regional cardiac care centre, which has three advanced catheterization labs for performing procedures.


Coronary angiography is an X-ray examination of the coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart) or chambers of the heart.

A very small tube called a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in your upper thigh (groin area) or arm. The tip of the tube is then positioned either in the heart or at the beginning of the coronary arteries. Then a dye is used with and special X-rays to show inside of your heart. The pictures that are obtained are called angiograms.

Who's it for?

Doctors use angiograms to assess the condition of your heart, and to determine if any further procedures are required. This procedure is recommended for people who:

  • Have chest pain
  • Have recently recovered from a heart attack
  • Have had a test such as an EKG (electrocardiogram) or stress test with results that indicate heart disease

A coronary angioplasty—also referred to as a percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI—is a medical procedure that is done to widen arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle if they have become narrow. Your heart’s arteries can become narrow and clogged from a buildup of cholesterol, cells or other substances. This can cause reduced blood flow to your heart, which can lead to a life-threatening condition. The coronary angioplasty will enable improved blood flow through these arteries to the heart, without the need for open heart surgery.

As home to the regional cardiac care centre, Rouge Valley has been named as the first hospital in Ontario to provide stand-alone angioplasty (PCI) services.

Who's it for?

A coronary angioplasty is needed by people who:

  • Have had a heart attack that caused major damage to your heart
  • Have chronic heart disease leading to major blockages in their heart vessels

If you are in need of interventional cardiology services, your physician may send a referral to our regional cardiac centre, which can be faxed to 416-284-3156.

Download regional cath referral form

For questions or more information, please call 416-284-8131 ext. 5326.