Cardiac Interventional Procedure Unit - Vancouver General Hospital

The cardiac cathlab provides angiography, angioplasty, structural heart valve and electro physiology procedures, as well as pacemaker and defibrillator implants.

X-Ray Angiography is a diagnostic method used to identify issues in coronary circulation, heart function and to assess pulmonary hypertension.

Angioplasty is the process of treatment using balloons and specialized metal tubes (stents) to open blockages.

Structural heart valve procedures include Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion (TAVI), balloon valvuloplasty and Left Atrial Appendage Closures (LAAC).

Electro physiology is the study and treatment of abnormal heart rhythms.

Defibrillator and pacemaker devices are implanted with x-ray guidance into the heart. These help control abnormal heart rates and rhythms.

Visit the VGH Cathlab website for information such as: 

  • Who needs this procedure?

  • How does it work?

  • How should I prepare?

  • What should I expect?

  • What are my treatment options?

Directions

The Cardiac Cath lab is located on the west end (closer to Oak and Laurel Street) of the Ground floor of the Jim Pattison Pavilion South. Please report to Station 7 (Heart Services) when you arrive to the hospital and you will be admitted for your procedure. There are two main parking facilities: 



Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion South

855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1M9
Phone: (604) 875-4125
Fax: (604) 875-5142

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Referral

A referral from a cardiologist or internist is required. 

An information booklet, "Preparing for a Coronary Angiogram or Angioplasty," will be sent via mail to the client once the procedure date is booked. When appointment is confirmed, a booking clerk will send a requisition for a blood test to the lab closest to the client. The blood test needs to be performed prior to the procedure date.

Parking & transportation

The Cardiac Cath lab is located on the west end (closer to Oak and Laurel Street) of the Ground floor of the Jim Pattison Pavilion South. Please report to Station 7 (Heart Services) when you arrive to the hospital and you will be admitted for your procedure. There are two main parking facilities: 

Parking map for Cardiac Cath Lab at VGH

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