What is Cardiac Catheterization

This sounds a little scary but it is a standard procedure.

Cardiac Catheterization is a specialized X-ray examination of the heart that uses contrast dye inserted through a catheter to allow the doctor to view the condition of the heart chambers, valves and coronary arteries. It is also known as a “dye study of the heart” or coronary angiogram.

This procedure is used to look for any problems in the heart valves or main blood vessels, or to see if there is fatty buildup in the coronary arteries. It takes place in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

If abnormalities are found, treatment may include medication, changes in daily habits, surgery, further cardiac tests or angioplasty.