An invasive procedure to examine the blood flow to the heart, assess pressure inside of the heart and is also useful to evaluate heart valve function, that is, do they open and close properly.
One of the most common procedures done worldwide, a cardiac catheterization is performed in a qualified laboratory. As the procedure has become more refined, it is often performed in outpatient, ambulatory settings.
A tube is inserted in the groin (femoral artery) or wrist (radial artery). Under x-ray guidance, it reaches the heart. Dye is then injected into the heart’s blood supply. This allows Dr. Chatham to see the artery and determine if there is blockage. Unless the blockage is significant, generally more than 70% blocked, no benefit will come of bypassing it, placing a stent or opening it up.
If there is no need to open the artery up, the tubes are removed. Sometimes a plug is placed in the femoral artery for patient comfort, and sometimes pressure is applied.
No two people are alike. Your unique needs are what dictate the care you receive. Just because your neighbor had a wrist approach, does not mean that is the best approach for you.
At CHC we will provide you with the very best cardiovascular care possible.
We seek to surpass those qualities that have earned your trust.