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

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mary Callahan
Dr. Mary Callahan
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