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Cardiac Intervention Unit (CIU)



Cardiac Intervention Unit


Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)

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Cardiac Intervention Unit (CIU)

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Contact Us:

Cardiac Intervention Unit 
705-728-9802 Ext. 47888

Manager: Mike Yrcha
Phone: 705-728-9090 Ext 47640

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 705-728-9802 ext.47888 to speak to a nurse anytime
from  7a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

For more information you may also call the Regional Cardiac Care Coordinator at
705-728-9802 ext. 46123.

If you are unable to attend your procedure please contact Cardiac Care Coordinator.
Please leave a message in the case you are unable to reach the Cardiac Care Coordinator and we will follow up with you.


201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON L4M 6M2
Take the Main (Blue) Elevator from the Main
Lobby to the 4th floor 

Map: 2018 Cardiac Intervention Unit Routes.pdf


Service Information



What is an Angiogram?

An angiogram is typically an hour long procedure done through the arm or groin, showing x-ray images of blood vessels that feed your heart muscle with blood. Angiograms are used to show us any blockages in blood flow.


A message from your care team:

We want you to be as comfortable as possible. If you have a scheduled angiogram, expect to spend the day with us. For more information, continuing reading below to help you prepare for the day of your procedure and after procedure recovery.

Preparing for your angiogram

RVH's Regional Cardiac Care Coordinator will call you prior to your procedure to review your care plan, this will include:
•   Your health history
   Your medications
   The day and time of your appointment
•   Address any questions, needs or concerns you might have the day of


Day of your procedure

On the day of your procedure arrange to have a responsible person like, a family member, friend or caregiver to accompany you to and from your procedure and spend 24 hours with you after your procedure. If no responsible friend for ride or to stay with for 24 hours procedure will be cancelled. You will not be able to drive after your procedure - please arrange to have transportation home.

1: Drop-off and parking

Parking information and SMRHP directions for patients

On the day of your procedure we recommend that you are dropped off at RVH's Georgian entrance, before your family, friend, or caregiver parks in the Main Visitor parking lot. Take the Georgian (purple) elevators to level 4 - located to your left once inside the Georgian entrance. Once you are on level 4, the SMRHP is located directly outside the Georgian elevator doors.


Parking information and SMRHP directions for family, friends or caregivers

Park in RVH's Main Visitor parking lot once you have dropped the patient off at RVH's Georgian entrance. Enter RVH's Main entrance and follow the blue navigation line to the Main (blue) elevators. Take the Main (blue) elevators to level 4 and follow direction signage to SMRHP.

2: Registration

Registration will take approximately 5-10 minutes where you will complete a patient questionnaire and be given a patient gown and identification bracelet. You will be directed to the patient change room and asked to use the patient lockers to store your belongings on the unit. You can have one family member accompany you to the recovery bay where you will meet your nurse and cardiologist.

Make sure to bring with you:

   Your Ontario Health Card (OHIP).
   Any medications you are taking in their original packaging.
   list of all your allergies.
   Your responsible person who will wait for you in the unit's designated family waiting area

Before you arrive, please leave any valuables - like jewelry - at home. 


3: During Your Angiogram

Pre-procedure meeting with your physician and nurse
Your physician and nurse will meet with you before your Angiogram in the recovery bay, they will:

   Review your our health history and medications
   Take your vitals such as blood pressure, pulse and assess your breathing
   A catheter will be inserted into your arm or groin where a dye will be inserted and so that you can receive medications during your procedure

During your angiogram
Typically an angiogram will take 20-30 minutes. You will be brought into RVH's Cardiac Intervention Unit. Depending on your procedure (radial or femoral) dye will be inserted through an intravenous line inserted in your arm or groin. When the dye is injected you may have a brief sensation of flushing or warmth.

4: After Angiogram Recovery

When the angiogram is over, the catheter is removed from your arm or groin and the incision is closed with manual pressure, a clamp or a small plug. After the procedure we will take you to the recovery bay where:

   You will be monitored for 2-4 hours.
   Your puncture site is likely to remain tender, feel slightly bruised and have a small bump
   You may experience a feeling of pressure on your puncture site. This is normal
   If you had a catheter inserted into your groin, you will also be asked to lay flat on your back -
    do your best to not bend your legs, arms, neck and head
   We will encourage you to drink plenty of fluids to help flush the dye from your body
   You will be given a light snack to eat

At this time your family will have the opportunity to visit with you. They can bring your belongings so that you can change in the Recovery Bay when it is time to go home. Your physician will visit with you and discuss and to the results to answer any questions you have and to clear you for discharge.

The results from your angiogram will be sent to your referring physician.


5: Getting home

Please ensure that you have a responsible person with you for 24 hours after your procedure. You will not be able to drive after your procedure - please arrange to have transportation home. Your responsible person will participate as you are being discharged to recieve recovery instructions. When you are discharged your responsible person can get your mode of transportation and meet you at the Georgian (purple) entrance. An RVH volunteer will take you by wheelchair to the Georgian Entrance to meet them.                  

Recovery at home after your Angiogram

Depending on the site of your angiogram your recovery will take 2 days to 1 week. If your wrist was used do not use that arm for 24 hours after your procedure. During this time please avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting and refrain from soaking in water – this includes bathing, swimming and even doing the dishes! 

For questions are concerns contact the Cardiac Care Coordinator at 705-728-9090 ext. 46123

Once you are at home, keep an eye on your catheter site and call your
doctor's office if you:

  •    Notice bleeding, new bruising or swelling, increasing pain or discomfort at the catheter site
  •    Develop chest pain or shortness of breath
  •    Have any signs of infection, such as redness, drainage or fever
  •    Notice a change in temperature or color of the leg or arm that was used for the procedure
  •    Notice any weakness or numbness in the leg or arm where the catheter was inserted




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