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What exactly happens when you get cardiac catheterization?
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Hollow plastic tube
A hollow plastic tube (catheter) is advanced through an artery to the heart.
Contrast dye is injected through the tube and x-ray movies are taken as the contrast enters the heart. Measurements are taken through the tube of pressures and blood flow within the heart and lungs.

In brief: Hollow plastic tube
A hollow plastic tube (catheter) is advanced through an artery to the heart.
Contrast dye is injected through the tube and x-ray movies are taken as the contrast enters the heart. Measurements are taken through the tube of pressures and blood flow within the heart and lungs.
Dr. Francis Uricchio
Dr. Francis Uricchio
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Dr. Elden Rand
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Lots in a short time
First, an arterial access (like an iv) gets put in the artery.
Then a long skinny tube called a catheter is introduced through the arteries to the coronary artery. Contrast is then injected through the tube down through your coronary artery. An x-ray type camera outside the body takes pictures during this time. The process is repeated at different angles and for the other coronary artery.

In brief: Lots in a short time
First, an arterial access (like an iv) gets put in the artery.
Then a long skinny tube called a catheter is introduced through the arteries to the coronary artery. Contrast is then injected through the tube down through your coronary artery. An x-ray type camera outside the body takes pictures during this time. The process is repeated at different angles and for the other coronary artery.
Dr. Elden Rand
Dr. Elden Rand
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