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The largest and most comprehensive catheterization lab in the region provides our cardiac patients with the assurance of broad and deep experience.

The Phoebe Heart Center was one of the first heart programs in Georgia to offer cardiac catheterization, a breakthrough procedure that revolutionized heart medicine. Our team of cardiologists who practice at Phoebe is by far the most experienced in the region.

How catheterization works

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used both for diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease. It requires very little opening of the skin, and causes little disruption to the body.

During catheterization, the cardiologist inserts a very thin tube (a "catheter") into the blood vessels (arteries and veins). The catheter is usually inserted through a very small incision made in the groin area, though it may also be done through the arm. The catheter can then be threaded through the blood vessel, positioning the tip of the tube either in the heart or at the beginning of the arteries supplying blood to the heart. By injecting a dye through the catheter into the artery, the cardiologist can actually watch what's going on in the arteries with a type of "live action" X-ray machine called a fluoroscope.

Catheterization is both a diagnostic and treatment procedure

Catheterization can be used as a diagnostic process, called angiography, to find out how well the heart and its arteries are functioning and to obtain information about blockages.

The same basic procedure can also be used as treatment to clear blockages and open up arteries, using angioplasty, stenting and other treatments.


For more information about heart treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please call the Phoebe Heart and Vascular Center at (229) 312-4438.

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Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.