Written by Padma Sundareson | 
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Apr 05, 2018

Cardiac Catheterization - Specific Tests

Some of the specific tests or treatments performed using cardiac catheterization are-

  1. Angioplasty - A balloon catheter is used to open up clogged coronary artery arteries. A stent (metal coil) may be placed in the artery to keep it open.
  2. Atherectomy - This procedure is also performed to improve the blood supply through the blocked coronary arteries. There are different types of arterectomy. In one type, the catheter has a cutting device and a collecting chamber. The block is cut using the cutting device and removed through the collecting chamber. Another method has a whirling blade at the end of the catheter grinds the plaque. This method is also called rotablator. Another method is where LASER is used to clear the plaque.
  3. Ventriculogram - Contrast dye is passed through the left ventricle to assess its function.
  4. Balloon Valvuloplasty - A balloon at the end of the catheter is expanded at the mitral valve level to open the stenosed valve.
  5. ASD/VSD/PFO closure - A closing device at the end of the catheter is allowed to expand at the septum to close congenital defects such as Atrial Septal Defect, Ventricular Septal Defect or Patent Foramen Ovale.
  6. Carotid Stenting - Angiogram stenting can be used to open up blocked carotid arteries also.
  7. Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging - An ultrasound probe at the tip of the catheter can inspect a coronary artery with live images as the catheter moves along.
  8. Heart Biopsy - A small part of the heart tissue can be removed for biopsy during cardiac catheterization.
  9. Angiogenesis - A form of gene therapy used for regrowing patient’s own blood vessels.


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  2. The effect of early education on patient anxiety while waiting for elective cardiac catheterization. Harkness K, Morrow L, Smith K, Kiczula M, Arthur HM. European journal of cardiovascular nursing: journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology 2003 July.
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  4. Information About Cardiac catheterization - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003419.htm)
  5. Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiogram - (http://www.cpmc.org/services/cardiac/card-cath.html)
  6. http://www.clevelandclinic.org/heartcenter/pub/guide/webchat/ellis052507.htm - (Interventional Procedures - Questions and Answers about Stents, Angioplasty and New Approaches to Treat Heart Disease — May 25, 2007)
  7. Cardiac Catheterization FAQs - (http://www.hfmhealth.org/card-cath-faq.htm)


vaishali9524 Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What are the complications occurred during Cardiac catheterization?

agila5 Monday, November 18, 2013


drbhargavi Sunday, April 22, 2012

if the creatine level is 4.6 then can we go for angiogram.....if it is must and should then what will be the other alternative...please reply..

doctorJ Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What is the average time for patient to stay in hospital on observation after cardiac Catheterization that is paid and covered by Horizon Blue Cross and other commercial insurance companies? BCBS does even pay for 24 hours for patient stay after cardiac cath. What is medical view on the issue? Favour of your response is appreciated. Email: Doctorwellness@aol.com

accountage Friday, September 23, 2011

i am feeling leg pain and swelling on both the legs is it a symptom of heart patient ?

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