Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac Catheterization

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that allows doctors to determine how well your heart is pumping. A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into the body via a blood vessel directed toward sthe heart.

Why is Catheterization Important?

Cardiac catheterization provides more accurate and detailed information about how well your heart is working than do other diagnostic tests.

Preparing for Catheterization

After Your Catheterization

After The Procedure
How It Feels
What Are The Risks?

What Happens Next?

o Medications
o Coronary Angioplasty
o Heart Surgery
o Changes in Your Lifestyle:

  • Quit smoking
  • Begin and enjoy a low fat diet
  • Lose excess weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Keep your blood pressure under control