How Cardiac Catheterization Helps Identify Your Heart Problems

Your doctor called for a cardiac catheterization, but you’re not exactly sure what that means. Sometimes, this can be the first step in a longer procedure for a heart problem, but many times, doctors call for this procedure alone in order to identify a possible heart problem you may or may not have.   

Dr. Erick Calderon and the rest of our team at Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, wants to make sure you’re well informed about any procedure you may need in to determine the likelihood or cause of heart problems. A cardiac catheterization is one of those procedures. 

How a cardiac catheterization works

A cardiac catheterization involves the insertion of a long thin tube called a catheter into a vein or an artery in your body. The catheter is usually inserted through your arm, neck, or groin, depending on the best spot for your specific needs, and then threaded along the length of the blood vessel to your heart.

X-ray and imaging machines help Dr. Calderon see where he’s threading the catheter. The room in which the cardiac catheterization is performed must be kept sterile, as it is an invasive procedure. In most cases, you’re awake during the procedure but sedated so that you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Why you might need a cardiac catheterization

There are many reasons Dr. Calderon might call for a cardiac catheterization as a part of a treatment procedure, such as a balloon valvuloplasty or an angioplasty to widen an artery or place a stent. However, cardiac catheterizations are often performed for diagnostic purposes so that your doctor can determine if you have a certain heart issue.

Some common heart problems that may require cardiac catheterization for diagnosis include, but are not limited to coronary artery disease, heart valve issues, disease of the aorta, and congenital heart defects.

What your cardiac catheterization says about your heart

When Dr. Calderon performs a cardiac catheterization as a diagnostic test, he usually has a suspicion about what your heart problem may be. The test allows him to figure out if his belief about the problem is right before he starts treatment. With the use of a cardiac cath, Dr. Calderon can perform a number of tests that will allow him to: 

The heart catheterization allows Dr. Calderon to determine if your heart is working properly, and if not, what the main problem is. 

The procedure itself is quick and easy and has very few risks. In general, a cardiac catheterization is just the first step in diagnosing a heart issue and should not be immediately thought of as a sign of severe problems.

We’re happy to help you schedule an appointment at our office in Bradenton, Florida, so you can discuss your possible cardiac catheterization procedure with Dr. Calderon. Call 941-404-7958 or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment

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