Your heart is a complex and critical organ. Many people live their whole lives without cardiac issues, but others need to seek the help of a cardiologist to work for their heart health. The range of cardiac conditions experienced by our patients is wide. From genetic problems to diseases of lifestyle or age, your cardiologist must be able to determine what ails you so that you can be effectively treated.
Coronary catheterization is a surgical procedure that enables your doctors to be able to see inside your heart and test for various conditions. During the procedure, a catheter is threaded through an artery or vein and into your heart. When the catheter makes its way through your veins and arteries it can perform a battery of tests looking for symptoms of heart disease and heart disease-related issues.
During the catheterization, patients are awake but given medicine to relax. The length of the procedure depends upon the information your cardiologist is trying to gather, and some patients are asked to perform specific tasks like holding their breath, coughing, or moving their arms. After the procedure is over, you’ll be asked to rest and allow time for the incision to heal. Your cardiologist will let you know when it is safe to return to your normal routine.
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