Cardiovascular Catheterization


Located on the sixth floor of HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, three cardiovascular catheterization labs are digitally connected to the Prairie Heart Institute in Springfield. This means that Prairie Cardiovascular physicians performing procedures at HSHS St. Mary’s can quickly and conveniently consult directly with their peers in Springfield.

Common procedures performed in the lab include:

  • pacemaker insertions

  • diagnostic catheterizations

Cardiac catheterizations are used to identify blockages in the arteries leading to the heart. At St. Mary’s, these procedures can be performed through the radial artery in the wrist, which improves patient mobility post-procedure, or through an artery in the groin. Your physician will determine the best approach for you based on your individual anatomy and medical history.

If a blockage is identified during the catheterization, an interventional cardiology procedure can often be performed at here at St. Mary’s to treat it.

Our catheterization lab offers superior image quality at a very low radiation dose and enables cardiologists to better view and treat coronary artery blockages that could contribute to cardiovascular damage and heart attack.

For more information about St. Mary’s cardiac catheterization services, please call 217-464-7584.

Interventional Cardiology


Interventional cardiology is a specialized branch of cardiovascular care that uses minimally invasive techniques to treat various problems in the heart. When you need an interventional procedure, you can take comfort in knowing, that at St. Mary’s, you will be treated by a Prairie cardiologist who has performed similar procedures hundreds of times before.

If a problem is found during your cardiac catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also called angioplasty, can be performed at St. Mary’s for blockages in blood vessels below the neck. During a PCI procedure, special tubing with an attached deflated balloon is threaded up to the coronary arteries. The balloon is inflated to widen blocked areas in the artery where blood flow has been reduced or stopped. PCI at St. Mary’s also can be combined with stenting to help prop the artery open and decrease the chance of another blockage.

The availability of PCI and stenting at St. Mary’s is a significant benefit to the community. If you arrive in the Emergency Department with a heart attack or if your cardiac catheterization procedure shows a blockage, you do not have to wait to be transferred to a hospital in a different town before receiving the treatment you need. And with cardiac care close to home, saving precious time means saving your precious heart muscle.

To make an appointment or for more information about Interventional Cardiology at St. Mary’s, call (217)-422-6100.