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Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure used to help diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions.
St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute provides exceptional diagnostics for our heart and vascular patients. Our physicians use the latest technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis so we can provide you with the best course of treatment available.
Doctors use cardiac catheterization to look for plaque build-up inside the arteries using a catheter (thin, narrow tube inserted into the body) and X-rays.
There are many diagnostic tests and even some treatments that are performed using cardiac catheterization. They include:
You will likely be admitted to the hospital on the day of the procedure. Here's what to expect:
After the test:
Before coming in for a cardiac catheterization, arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home. Also be sure you: