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Who Are Candidates For A Cardiac Catheterization
Diagnosis/treatment: Candidates for cardiac catheterization include 1) a patient in whom additional information is required to make a diagnosis, or 2) the diagnosis is known but detailed anatomical information is required to determine the appropriate type of therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is a procedure where narrow, flexible tubes are inserted into a peripheral artery through a cut in the skin, and advanced to the heart. Dye can be injected through the catheters into the arteries of the heart to look for blockages ("angiogram"), or to measure pressure within the cardiac chambers ("right heart cath"). Arteries can be opened with balloons/stents at the ...Read more
Tubes & X-Ray Info: A tube in inserted via a peripheral artery &/or vein, passed through the vessel to the heart arteries & into &/or through the heart chambers to measure pressure, blood flow &/or "see blood" via dye injected into the blood flowing through artery(s) &/or vein(s) near/around heart. Dye in the blood makes blood column show on X-Ray for a few seconds to see outline of artery &/or heart chamber opening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diagnose ; treat: A cardiac catheterization is test done in an special x-ray suite (catheterization laboratory) where long, thin, flexible tubes are directed to the heart through veins and/or arteries to diagnose and treat various forms of heart disease. In the best hands, this is an important tool with valuable results and low risks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety of reasons: Cardiac catheterization is performed to assist in the diagnosis of a wide variety of heart problems. Measurements are made of pressure, blood flow, and oxygen saturation in the heart. X-ray dye is injected and pictures taken of the arteries and chambers of the heart. Based on the information obtained, a treatment plan is developed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Below: Usually, sedation is given - a 2mm incision is made in the femoral artery at the groin, a sheath is inserted, the artery is cannulated with a catheter, dye is injected via catheter to provide contrast so that the cardiologist can read the images via fluoroscopy (x-ray).The injection of dye is repeated to attain images of the heart from enough angles to provide a complete 'picture' of coronaries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Somewhat: Intrusive? Well it usually involves putting a large bore needle into your femoral artery - however if you can benefit from it (because you can stent arteries open during the same procedure) it is less intrusive than open heart surgery but more intrusive than having a stress test or doing nothing (and maybe dying at home). ...Read more
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