Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiography

Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiography


Catheters are placed via a sheath (narrow tube) in the artery of the groin or arm, advanced into the heart, and pictures are taken with injectable contrast dye and X-ray.

Major Indications:

  • Unstable angina or Chest pain [uncontrolled with medications or after a heart attack]
  • Heart attack
  • Before a bypass surgery
  • Abnormal treadmill test results
  • Determine the extent of coronary artery disease
  • Disease of the heart valve causing symptoms (syncope, shortness of breath)
  • To monitor rejection in heart transplant patients
  • Syncope or loss of consciousness in patients with aortic valve disease
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