Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure in which a long, thin tube called a catheter is guided into the heart, most commonly through an artery in the wrist. Once inside the heart, it can be used for diagnostic purposes to assess blood supply to the heart as well as the function of the heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle). It can also be used to perform therapeutic interventions to correct a problem.
Cardiac Catheterization involves a Coronary Angiogram, during which a special dye (contrast medium) is injected through the catheter and into the coronary arteries, which allows for very clear x-rays of the coronary arteries to be taken. If there are blockages in the coronary (heart) arteries, then a coronary angioplasty may be needed. Coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure in which a balloon is used to open a blockage in a coronary (heart) artery narrowed by atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. A coronary stent, or a small tube, may be placed in the blocked artery. The stent is mounted on a balloon catheter in a “crimped” or collapsed state. When the balloon of is inflated, the stent expands or opens up and pushes itself against the inner wall of the coronary artery. This improves blood flow to the heart by holding the artery open when the balloon is deflated and removed.
Angioplasty and coronary stents are used to improve symptoms of coronary atherosclerosis or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), including angina and shortness of breath. It is can also reduce damage to the heart muscle from a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow through a coronary artery is completely blocked. Angioplasty is used during a heart attack to open the blockage and restore blood flow through the artery.
Left ventriculogram. Similar to the coronary angiogram, this part of the catheterization involves the injection of the contrast medium through the catheter and into the left ventricle (one of the lower chambers of the heart). This dye allows for very clear x-rays to be taken of the left ventricle, which gives the physician information about how blood is flowing through the ventricles. Without open heart surgery we are able to:
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