Cardiac Catheterization

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

A cardiac catheterization is a special x-ray procedure used to evaluate the heart’s blood flow and the function of its valves. This procedure is also called a coronary angiogram. Cardiac catheterization allows your doctor to determine the presence and extent of coronary artery disease and/or valvular heart disease, and determine if surgery is required.

Prior to your cardiac catheterization, you will have an appointment with your cardiologist or a nurse practitioner from the Catheterization Laboratory. This appointment may include the following:

What to Expect

The following information will help you to know what to expect and how to prepare for your cardiac catheterization:

Before Your Cardiac Catheterization

During Your Cardiac Catheterization

Care Following Your Cardiac Catheterization

Discharge Instructions for Cardiac Catheterization

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