Your heart is in good hands at Luminis Health. Our skilled cardiac and vascular specialists diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of heart diseases. And cardiac catheterization is one of our specialties.
What Is Cardiac Catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that lets us see inside your heart's blood vessels using a hollow tube called a "catheter." We thread the catheter from an artery in your arm or groin to your heart.
Your doctor may order a cardiac catheterization if you have a cardiac condition or symptoms of heart disease. This procedure can:
Check how well your heart works.
Determine if you have blockages in any coronary (heart) arteries.
Evaluate how your heart's valves work.
Diagnose problems with your heart and figure out the best way to fix them.
If needed, we can perform life-saving procedures during cardiac catheterization. These include:
Angioplasty, in which we open a blocked artery with a tiny balloon.
Stenting, in which we insert a device to keep the artery open for longer.
Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure. About 90% of the time, we use radial catheterization — the latest approach, in which the catheter goes into an artery in your arm. This method reduces your risk of bleeding and speeds up your recovery time.