Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization

Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization is a procedure done by a specialized team consisting of a cardiologist, nurses and radiology technologists who take images of the heart’s arteries and chambers. The cardiologist will then use this study to evaluate and diagnose heart disease in the coronary arteries, heart valves, heart muscle and aorta.

The procedure involves inserting long, thin tubes called catheters into a blood vessel. Most often the cardiologist will use a vessel in the right groin. Using x-rays for guidance, the catheter is advanced into position in the heart. Once in position, pressures are obtained and blood flow studies are done. During the procedure, the cardiologist determines if you have any problems that will require further treatment such as a balloon, stent or heart surgery.

Before your procedure a member of the team will talk with you about what to expect before, during and after the procedure. You should plan to be at the hospital for 4 to 6 hours on the day of the diagnostic catheterization. If it is determined further treatment is needed, the team will make arrangements for you to be admitted.

For more information about this service, please contact the Cardiac Catheterization Coordinator at (731) 644-8372.