Right and Left Heart Catheterizations
An invasive imaging procedure that allows your doctor to evaluate your heart function. May determine the presence or absence of blockages in the coronary arteries, how the heart muscle is functioning, and if blood is flowing properly through the heart. During a cardiac catheterization, a long, narrow tube called a catheter is inserted through a plastic introducer sheath (a short, hollow tube that is inserted into a blood vessel in your leg or arm). The catheter is guided through the blood vessel to the coronary arteries with the aid of a special x-ray machine. Contrast material is injected through the catheter and x-ray videos are created as the contrast material moves through the heart’s chambers, valves and major vessels.