Why It Is Done
Cardiac catheterization and coronary artery disease
Cardiac catheterization is done to:
- Check blood flow and blood pressure in the
chambers of the heart.
- Check blood flow in the coronary arteries
and, if you have
coronary artery disease (CAD), determine whether
surgery or another type of procedure, such as angioplasty with stenting, is
needed to open the blocked blood vessels.
Other reasons for having a cardiac catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is also done to:
- Check the pumping action of the
- Find out if a congenital heart defect is present and how
severe it is. Cardiac catheterization sometimes can also be used to help
correct the defect.
- Check blood flow through the heart after
- Find out how well the heart valves work.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
George Philippides, MD - Cardiology
July 20, 2011
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