Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Some cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can cause irregular heart function. Cancer patients with existing cardiovascular diseases also need specialized cardiac care. MD Anderson Cancer Center is the only stand-alone cancer institute in the world to have a cardiac catheterization laboratory.
The Cardiac Catheterization laboratory performs many cardiac procedures and provides diagnostic services, such as biopsies of the heart muscles to determine the type and severity of heart muscle damage from cancer therapy. Our cardiologists are equipped with a complex set of tools to assess cancer patients for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure and other cardiac needs. The on-site facility allows for earlier identification and prompt treatment of cardiac issues that may delay cancer therapy.
Procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory include:
- Left and right heart catheterization
- Endomyocardial biopsies
- Pacemaker and defibrillator implantation
- Peripheral arterial angiogram
- Pericardiocentesis (draining of the fluid from the sac that encloses the heart)
The team also is working on new investigational studies and clinical research focusing on the effect of chemotherapy on the heart.
Appointments & Referrals
To schedule an appointment, please ask your MD Anderson physician to submit an online consultation request.
Location: Main Building, Floor 3, near Elevator F. Get Directions
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.