Cardiac Catherization

Cardiac catherization is a test used to evaluate heart and coronary arteries by injecting a special dye called contrast material into the coronary arteries. This dye, inserted by a thin, flexible tube called a catherer, is threaded through a blood vessel in the arm or groin and heart to trace blood movement in the arteries. Through the catherer, your doctor can measure blood pressure, take blood samples and inject contrast material into the coronary arteries or chambers of the heart. The doctor then monitors movement of the dye through the heart's chambers and blood vessels to see whether the coronary arteries are narrowed or blocked.

The purpose of cardiac catheterization is to pinpoint the size and location of plaque that may have built up in coronary arteries due to atherosclerosis. PTCA is a revascularization procedure in which a coronary artery is opened to increase blood flow to the heart muscle. During the procedure, a thin flexible tube (catheter) is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm and carefully guided into the narrowed coronary artery. After the catheter reached the narrowed portion of the artery, a small balloon at the end of the tube inflates to create pressure against the plaques along the artery walls. This in turn, creates more room for blood to flow. Because PTCA uses a catheter to reach the coronary artery, the procedure is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than bypass surgery, which requires open heart surgery. New coated stents allow for further opening of these arteries, revolutionizing cardiology.

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