Getting a heart catheterization to treat heart disease usually meant a painful and uncomfortable procedure for patients. But a new procedure is changing the way the disease is treated.

Dalton cardiologist Dr. Ezad Ahmad is now on the cutting edge of a new procedure when it comes to heart catheterization. Rather than go in through the groin or wrist, he inserts the catheter into an artery at the base of the thumb.

Dr. Ahmad says, "The whole process is a lot more comfortable for the patient and that seems to help with compliance and understanding of what they are going to go through."

Dr. Ahmad says while this procedure is a bit more complicated to perform, because he has to move the catheter around more and also use ultrasound, it is better for the patient with fewer complications such as potential damage to the artery or nerve damage. And the patient gets to leave the hospital sooner.

He added, "With this you can potentially go home after one or two hours. In fact they could go home even sooner, but it just takes a lot of logistics to get out of the hospital. So our average is about two hours after the procedure. They can go home and walk around."

Click here for more information about the new procedure at Hamilton Medical Center.