Catheterization Specialist

Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants

Interventional Cardiologists located in Bradenton, FL

When you experience symptoms of heart disease, it’s critical to identify the problem causing your symptoms as soon as possible. At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants in Bradenton, Florida, Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, uses cardiac catheterization procedures to diagnose problems in the muscles, valves, and arteries of your heart. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Catheterization Q & A

Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants

What is cardiac catheterization?

A cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure that allows your cardiologist to examine your heart, including its structure and function. A catheterization is minimally invasive and is usually an outpatient procedure.

The test provides information about your heart, including the status of your coronary arteries and valves, signs of diseased heart muscle, and signs of other cardiac abnormalities.

Why would I need cardiac catheterization?

Dr. Calderon may recommend a cardiac catheterization to gather information on what’s causing your symptoms. During a catheterization, your cardiologist can:

  • Check the pressure in the chambers of your heart
  • Take a blood sample to measure the oxygenation
  • Evaluate your heart’s pumping ability
  • Look for defects in the valves or chambers of your heart
  • Take a small tissue sample for a biopsy

Dr. Calderon can also perform minor repairs, such as angioplasty and stenting, to open narrow or blocked parts of your coronary artery.

How should I prepare for catheterization?

Dr. Calderon will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for your catheterization. In general, you’ll need to avoid eating or drinking for six hours prior to your procedure. If you take Coumadin® or other blood-thinning drugs, you should stop taking them three days prior to your catheterization.

What happens during cardiac catheterization?

All catheterization procedures are performed at a local hospital. Dr. Calderon will decide on the sedative depending on your procedure. He’ll also attach electrodes to your chest to monitor your heart function.

First, Dr. Calderon will make a small incision in your groin area. He’ll then insert the catheter into a blood vessel and guide it to your heart and coronary arteries. Then he’ll inject a radioactive dye and take X-ray images of the dye as it moves through your heart. The dye will illuminate the chambers of your heart to allow Dr. Calderon to examine their structure and function. He’ll also measure your heart function, pressure, and the strength of your valves.

After your catheterization, you’ll be monitored for up to four hours as you recover. If you have angioplasty or stenting, you will remain in the hospital overnight.

To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants today.