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The Cardiovascular Investigations Unit is where we perform heart catheterizations and angiograms.
Heart catheterization and coronary angiography are x-ray tests to see if there are problems your hearts circulation and it's different chambers or valves. Arteries and chambers do not show up well in a normal x-ray, so we inject a contrast to make them more visible for a short while. The x-ray will allow your doctor to see where your arteries may be blocked and advise you how to treat any heart problem revealed.
At the start of the test, we insert a tube (catheter) into one of your arteries or veins in the groin or wrist and guide it to your heart. We then inject contrast through the tube so that we can record proper pictures of your heart's blood vessels.
At the Toronto General Hospital, we perform:
The future of cardiac care is recognized in the PMCC Cardiovascular Investigation Units. At Toronto General Hospital innovative new units have been created.
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Many of the country's top interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons perform procedures in our state of the art catheterization labs and we are one of the few labs in the city that employ an all registered nursing staff to assist our physicians. Our multidisciplinary team consists of specialty physicians, registered nurses, radiology technologists, operating room attendants and clerical support staff.
Medical Director: Dr. Alan Barolet (Interim)Phone: 416 586 8495Fax: 416 586 5360
Manager – Toronto General Hospital: Pauline Glaves, RN
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.