There is no disputing it: the heart is the most important organ in the entire body. Simple in its function but powerful in its effects, the heart is really nothing more than a muscle that pumps blood throughout the body and sustains virtually every other bodily system. Any deviation in its function can mean the difference between life and death.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. At the office of The DOCS, our skilled professionals use this procedure to diagnose the overall health of your heart — and to identify any disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary (heart) arteries.
During the procedure, a long narrow tube called a catheter is inserted into an artery or vein in your groin, neck, or arm. It is then threaded through your blood vessel until it reaches your heart. Once the catheter is in place, we will then use it to run diagnostic tests.
Our doctors are specially trained in this highly effective, advanced procedure, and are supported by a team of nurses and technicians in a hospital cardiac catheterization (cath) lab. Before the procedure, a nurse will put an IV (intravenous) line into a vein in your arm to administer a sedative to help you relax — but you will be awake and able to follow instructions.
The procedure is usually very safe and with few possible minor side effects. Based on our findings, we will evaluate and determine the need for further treatment with the goal of maintaining your good heart health.
If you suffer from a heart condition or chest pain, the office of The DOCS is here to help. We will work to diagnose your condition and give you the skilled treatment you deserve. Your care and comfort are top priorities with us and we will take the time to address your every concern and explain your options in care. For more information, give us a call today.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
February 11, 2020
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