Cardiac Cath Lab - Vancouver General Hospital

The Cardiac Cathlab provides angiography, angioplasty, and electrophysiology 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. 

Electrophysiology procedures are used to diagnose and treat electrical problems from within the heart.

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

Learn more on the VGH Cathlab website

Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion

899 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

There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:

  • Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.
  • The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.

There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.

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