Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
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What is Cardiac Catheterization?

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Cardiac catheterization, also called coronary angiogram, is a screening process that is used to check the functioning of a patient’s heart and coronary arteries (the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart muscle). The test is typically performed to check the blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart and in the coronary arteries. Based on this information, a physician can tell if his or her patient is afflicted with coronary artery disease (CAD) and can determine whether or not the arteries need to be opened through surgery or stenting.

To perform the procedure, the patient is sedated but conscious. A needle is inserted into an artery located at either the patient’s arm or groin. A wire is passed through this needle and into the blood vessel, where it is guided into the heart using x-ray imaging. A soft, flexible tube (catheter) is then slipped over the wire and also threaded up to the heart. Once in place, the catheter can be used to take measurements of the blood pressure in each chamber and to draw blood samples. The physician may also place a stent if he or she finds an area in the patient’s arteries that may be narrow or partially obstructed.

Cardiac catheterization can also be used to check the pumping action of the heart or to check blood flow through the heart after surgery. This procedure can be useful in checking for proper heart valve function and in determining if a patient has a congenital heart defect and how severe it may be, or even to correct a defect.

For over forty years, the Heart Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has provided the Thousand Oaks community with high-quality cardiac care. In addition to cardiac catheterization, our hospital offers the full range of cardiac diagnostic and treatment options. Learn more about us and our services by visiting our website or contacting our staff at (805) 497-2727.

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Hands Can Do Incredible Things

Learning the simple steps involved in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can save the life of someone experiencing a medical emergency.  In this video, you can learn more about what your hands and quick action can do for someone in need.

If you or a loved one is ever a victim of an emergency illness or injury, make Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine and Trauma II Center be a part of your emergency medical plan.  We provide quality emergency care for our community of Thousand Oaks, California 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Learn more about us by contacting us at (805) 497-2727.

Common Reasons for Emergency Room Visits


When you are feeling miserable from illness or are experiencing pain, it is understandable to want relief as soon as possible. For these urgent situations, a hospital emergency care center may be the fastest way for you to find treatment. Read on to learn some of the most common reasons that people seek emergency medical care:

  • Symptoms of a heart attack
    Those experiencing chest pain (angina), nausea, shortness of breath, and feelings of impending doom (anxiety) frequently visit the emergency room, as these are signs of an impending heart attack.  Also called a myocardial infarction, heart attacks can be life-threatening and require immediate treatment.

  • Symptoms of a stroke
    Patients who experience stroke symptoms, such as the sudden onset of the ‘worst headache of their lives’, loss of vision in one or both eyes, trouble speaking or understanding what is said to them, loss of coordination, or numbness on one side of the body, often visit the emergency room for lifesaving diagnostics and treatment.

  • Head trauma
    Those who have sustained injuries to the head and neck will frequently visit the ER to diagnose and treat any issues that occur as a result of the injury.

  • Severe bleeding
    Patients with serious wounds or lacerations that continue to bleed even with applied pressure commonly seek treatment at the ER.

  • Accidental poisoning
    Poison victims and those that are exposed to toxic amounts of alcohol and drugs also seek emergency care.

  • Intense gastrointestinal distress
    People experiencing severe abdominal pain frequently visit the ER, as intense pain in this area can be a sign of serious medical conditions.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center has been providing emergency medical care to the community of Thousand Oaks, California for over forty years. Our experienced emergency healthcare providers pride themselves on the rapid delivery of high-quality care. If you have questions about our ER or Trauma Center, give us a call at (805) 497-2727 or contact us online.

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