Cardiac Catheterization


A cardiac catheterization is a procedure performed at the hospital usually on an outpatient basis. This procedure is performed by your cardiologist and is done to look inside your heart for blockages and to measure pressures inside the heart. This test will also tell us how well your heart is functioning or squeezing, and the condition of the valves inside your heart.

This procedure is done while you are awake, however you will be given medicine to help you relax during the procedure. Using local anesthesia or numbing medicine, a needle is placed in your groin or your arm and a small tube is advanced through your artery to your heart. Contrast is then injected through that tube and X-Ray pictures are taken. If there are little or no blockages, you can go home the same day after a short recovery. outpatient basis, measure pressures inside the heart Your physician will discuss with you at length how to prepare for your procedure. Usually, you can have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day before your procedure. Your individual medications will also be discussed at that time.

AnMed Health's heart catheterization labs are among the first in the area with integrated Fractional Flow Reserve, or FFR, a guide wire-based procedure that measures blood pressure and blood flow through a specific part of the coronary artery. All four heart catheterization labs also have built-in intravascular ultrasound. Ultrasound gives doctors a better view inside the heart vessels, making it easier to provide accurate angioplasty and stent placement procedures. Our cardiologists also use ultrasound to view the inside of arteries going to the legs, kidneys and brain, and treat blockages with stents when needed.

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