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Is cardiac catheterization essential for certain diseases?
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Dr. Michael Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Yes
Currently cardiac catheterization is considered the gold standard to diagnose certain conditions.
At the present, for example, a cardiac catheterization is the definitive means to diagnose coronary artery disease and treat it by such means as percutaneous coronary intervention (balloon or stent palcement).This method also has promise for treating mitral and aortic valve problems in the near future.

In brief: Yes
Currently cardiac catheterization is considered the gold standard to diagnose certain conditions.
At the present, for example, a cardiac catheterization is the definitive means to diagnose coronary artery disease and treat it by such means as percutaneous coronary intervention (balloon or stent palcement).This method also has promise for treating mitral and aortic valve problems in the near future.
Dr. Michael Fenster
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Heart disease
We have very effective noninvasive diagnostic tools.
Nevertheless cardiac catheterization is almost always necessary before a patient is considered seriously for cardiac surgical or interventional procedures. When the noninvasive tests are convincing that a surgical or interventional treatment isn't a consideration, then cardiac catheterization usually can be foregone.

In brief: Heart disease
We have very effective noninvasive diagnostic tools.
Nevertheless cardiac catheterization is almost always necessary before a patient is considered seriously for cardiac surgical or interventional procedures. When the noninvasive tests are convincing that a surgical or interventional treatment isn't a consideration, then cardiac catheterization usually can be foregone.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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