Cath Lab

Watch Jason's story! 

Jason works as an Engineering Supervisor at J.C. Blair, and was involved with building the heart catheterization lab in 2017. Little did he know that he would be the first patient. Click the video and learn more about Jason's story and our heart catheterization lab that has now performed oave 1000 procedures. 



What is a Heart Catheterization? 


A heart or cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that allows a cardiologist to effectively diagnose, and often treat, heart problems in patients who are suspected of having a blockage or other issues witin the arteries. 

What can I expect during the test?

The cardiologist will insert a plastic tube called an introducer sheath into the left or right groin (femoral artery) or the left or right wrist. A guidewire and a catheter are gently inserted through the sheath then threaded through the arteries to the heart while the doctor watches on the imaging monitor. Blood vessels have no pain nerves so you won't feel them moving through the artery. Catheters and wires will be removed and replaced several times to reach each coronary artery. X-ray dye will be injected through the catheter into the coronary arteries and x-ray images will be taken. You may feel a warm sensation when the dye circulates through your body. Several images (angiograms) are taken of each artery. the angiograms will show the amount of narrowing in the artery and the exact location. Also, pressures within the heart chambers will be measured. You may be asked to "take a deep breath and hold it." You may also be asked to turn your head from side to side. 

In most cases the doctor will review the angiograms then discuss the results with you and your family soon after the procedure is completed. 

Services Offered in the Cardiac Cath Lab

Includes: Coronary stents, peripheral angiograms, vascular angioplasty and stents, pacemaker, and defibrillation implantation. 

A congestive heart failure clinic and a pacemaker/impantable cardioverter defibrillator clinic is also a part of the new J.C. Blair Cardiac Care Center. 

To contact J.C. Blair's Cardiac Care Center, call 814.643.8478.


On Friday, January 6, 2017, the construction crew from Alexander Building Construction Company began preparations for building the new heart catheterization lab. The contractor, along with JPT Architects and J.C. Blair staff members met to discuss the project which included a new and expanded endoscopy suite as well as a new cath lab. The cath lab was built out of the current endo suite and OR #4, while the endo suite was built in existing office and storage space off the corridor near the single elevator. The endo suite was temporarily moved to OR #3 until the end of March, when the new endo suite opened.  The cath lab was completed in May, with our first patient, Jason McClure requiring an emergency catheterization on May 31, 2017.




Ribbon Cutting

A Ribbon Cutting and Tours were held on May 30, 2017 from 4 - 6 pm, with J.C. Blair cardiologists, cardiac cath staff, board members and administration cutting the ribbon to officially open the cath lab the next day.  





Our Cardiology Team

Led by Cardiac Care Center Medical Director Hany Shanoudy, M.D., and Cath Lab Medical Director Michael Sabatini, M.D., J.C Blair's team of cardiologists includes board certified, specialized cardiologists. To learn more go to our physician directory.

Read The Daily News' February 1, 2018 article about the cath lab exceeding all expectations:   /sites/default/files/files/Cath%20lab%20exceeds%20many%20expectations.pdf