How can a cardiologist insert a catheter into a patients right femoral artery and then see the heart?

Cardiac cath. Cardiologists routinely access the arterial vessels at the top of either leg, the femoral artery, or from the arm, the radial artery. From here the catheter, or a guide wire is then fed through the arterial circulation into the heart. Just above the heart catheters are changed over a wire to access the left and right coronary arteries and the left ventricle.

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During coronary angioplasty how are catheters inserted into the femoral artery to the heart?

Depends. Depending on the arterial access , a single IV like catheter is placed called an arterial sheath. All catheters are fed thru the sheath using a j-shaped guide wire. Most sheaths are placed in the femoral artery others in the radial arteries. All arteries lead back to the heart in a retrograde fashion and the catheter is manipulated into the artery of intrest for repair with angioplaty and stent. Read more...

Catheter Angiography of Heart for Mitral Valve Prolapse. Cardiologist said all Artery's are very good. Would this mean the Carotid Artery's also?

Very likely. There is a good correlation between coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease - almost 60% . So a normal coronary artery is likely to indicate a low probability of carotid artery disease. If you absolutely need to know you can get a simple carotid artery ultrasound .( this is a non invasive simple test) Read more...