One of the most innovative procedures developed, cardiac catheterization is often a less invasive option for patients who require open-heart surgery. It can be performed as a diagnostic test or as interventional treatment for these common heart conditions:
- Coronary artery disease
- Valvular heart disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Congenital heart conditions in infants/children
- Atherosclerosis (plaque clogs the arteries)
- Pulmonary hypertension
Cardiac catheterization, often called cardiac cath, utilizes a small, hollow tube called a catheter. During the procedure, surgeons make a small incision in the groin or arm to access a blood vessel. The catheter is inserted and threaded through the vessel and into the heart or coronary artery.
Once the catheter is in place, doctors perform one of a variety of procedures to diagnose or treat a patient’s heart condition. These are some of the procedures that can be performed using cardiac catheterization:
- Measuring pressures in the different chambers of the heart
- Locating blockages by injecting dye that can seen through an X-ray
- Opening coronary blockages using angioplasty
- Stenting to keep a damaged or narrowed artery open
- Sampling of heart tissue
Florida Hospital offers cutting edge, minimally invasive cardiac catheterization to patients. It reduces the risk of complications, pain caused by surgery and recovery time compared to open procedures. In fact, patients may be able to return home the same day or after only a few days in the hospital.
Our team is dedicated to providing the highest level of care, including advanced surgeries and the latest procedures developed to treat serious heart conditions. See if you are a candidate for cardiac catheterization at Florida Hospital. Schedule an appointment