Our state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization lab enables area residents to have this important diagnostic test, right here in our own community.
We work closely with our patients, their referring physicians, and our cardiologists to provide expert studies of the heart. Together, we assemble the information needed to make decisions about your treatment and plan for your care.
By having this diagnostic test completed at BMC, the physicians who know the patient well can make the best decisions about their plan of care. In fact, the vast majority of patients who undergo Cardiac Catheterization at BMC receive their follow-up care right here.
In some cases, Cardiac Catheterization will reveal that a patient needs more advanced care. Our collaboration with Baystate Medical Center in Springfield – including a high-speed line from our Cardiac Catheterization lab to theirs – enables us to instantly transmit information about a patient’s test results and begin collaborating with the Baystate cardiologists while the patient is being transferred to Springfield.
A potential need for cardiac surgery for valve repair or replacement
Heart Failure with suspected CAD
Preparing for Cadiac Catheterization The only preparation for cardiac catheterization is to not eat or drink anything beginning at midnight before your procedure. You may continue to take your medications with a few sips of water. On the day of your procedure, please report to the Admitting Office near the first floor lobby of Berkshire Medical Center at 725 North Street, Pittsfield, MA. Patients must arrange for transportation to and from the hospital. You may not drive yourself home from the hospital following cardiac catheterization.