Cardiac Catheterization

A Test To Save Your Life

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Over 1 Million Cardiac Catheterizations are performed yearly

The test can check several things including, blood flow in the coronary arteries, blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, how well the heart valves work, and check for defects in the heart.

In children, a cardiac catheterization is used to check for heart problems that more than likely have been present since birth (congenital heart disease).

Cardiac Catheterization Procedure

A cardiac catheterization uses a long thin “catheter” tube, which is inserted into one of a few different places including the neck, arm, or groin, and is threaded through your blood vessels up to your heart, where doctors can perform diagnostic tests or treat issues in the heart.

During a cardiac catheterization, a coronary angiogram test can be performed which checks the coronary arteries. An individual can be awake during this procedure with medication to help you relax. There is low risk of complications.

Usually, you’ll be awake during cardiac catheterization, but given medications to help you relax. You are awake in order to follow various instructions they may give you during the procedure such as coughing, taking a deep breath, or place your arms in various positions. Recovery time for a cardiac catheterization is overall quick, although you may need an hour or two for the amnesia to wear off, and a few resting hours after that. Overall, there’s a low risk of complications.

Cardiac catheterization can be used in preventative measures to make sure your heart is functioning properly, or it can also be used in interventional procedures to correct a problem the doctor already knows about.

Cardiac Catheterization | Accompanying Heart Procedures

Preparing For A Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac Catheterization Risks

The results can oftentimes be given immediately following the test, where the doctor can report on the health of your arteries, if the heart is pumping properly, and if your blood pressure is ok.


There are thousands of Interventional Cardiologists to choose from; however, not all doctors are created equal. Advanced interventional cardiac procedures take the skill of an experienced of a Cardiologist specializing in intervention. That’s why we’ve selected your city’s best Interventional Cardiologists – to make the decision process easier for you and your family.

For your peace of mind, Top10MD Interventional Cardiologists’ credentials are validated yearly to verify medical licenses have no serious patient care sanctions, current Board Certifications in their given medical specialty, current DEA & DPS licenses, and malpractice insurance. A Top10MD has at least 5+ years experience or has performed 300+ procedures in their given specialty and a current Patient Satisfaction Score of 8.5 or higher.

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