Cardiac catheterization—an advanced, minimally invasive procedure available at Cottage Health on California’s Central Coast—helps assess the function of the heart and its surrounding arteries.
Comprehensive Heart Evaluation
Cardiac catheterization uses a tiny, thin tube (catheter) guided by X-ray imaging to aid your doctor in visualizing various cardiac conditions and evaluating appropriate treatment options. Your comprehensive heart evaluation may include assessment of:
• Blood pressure within the heart and lungs
• Enlarged heart
• Narrowing or clogged arteries in the heart
• Performance and function of heart valves and chambers
• Possible heart defects
What to Expect
During cardiac catheterization at Cottage Health, X-ray imaging helps your doctor guide a catheter to your coronary arteries through an artery or vein in the arm (radial access) or leg (femoral access). Then, the test increases the amount of blood sent to your coronary arteries to examine blood flow and blood pressure in your heart chambers.
How to Prepare
Your doctor will let you know how long you need to refrain from eating or drinking before your test (usually six to 12 hours). Also, be sure to let your doctor know all your current medications, as you may need to stop some of them before your test.