Cardiac catheterization refers to a procedure used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions.
To initiate a cardiac catheterization, a small incision is made in the patient’s upper thigh to allow access to a blood vessel leading to the heart. A guidewire is then carefully inserted into the blood vessel, and threaded into position inside the heart. A thin, flexible, tube with a specialized tip, called a catheter, is then inserted into place following the guidewire.
Different types of catheters can be used to evaluate the heart’s structure or function and/or to perform an interventional procedure.
A few examples of what these specialized catheters can do include:
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