Construction of a new cardiac catheterization lab will begin in Windsor in 2015.

The province has approved the capital funding for the 24-hour, two-table lab.

Ontario’s Minister of Health, Eric Hoskins, made the announcement Friday at the Hôtel-Dieu Grace campus of Windsor Regional Hospital.

“The announcement paves the way for a 24/7 angioplasty program with a vision to become a regional cardiac program and will result in our patients receiving their cardiac care at home, where they belong,” Windsor Regional Hospital CEO David Musyj said.

Cardiac catheterization involves passing a thin flexible tube, or catheter, into the right or left side of the heart, usually entering the body from the groin or the arm.

The procedure is done to get information about the patient’s heart or blood vessels. It may also be done to treat some types of heart conditions, or to determine if a patient needs heart surgery.