Cardiac Catheterization- Some Basics

Basically, cardiac catheterization is referred to a medical procedure used to evaluate heart function. The heart specialists or cardiologists diagnose cardiovascular conditions for better treatment. Learn more.Cardiac Catheterization- Some Basics

Have you heard of cardiac catheterization?

Yes, the same process in which a long narrow tube called a catheter is carefully inserted into an artery or vein. Usually, the insertion is carried out either from your groin, neck, or arm. Without a doubt, catheter is threaded to reach your heart, and it is done through your blood vessel. Then a dye is injected through the catheter which helps the doctors to look at the vessels and chambers of the heart. Inspection is done using a special X-ray machine. After the catheter is placed, doctor can run diagnostic tests easily.

Though cardiac catheterization can be performed by a team of expert cardiologist, doctors, nurses, technicians, and other medical professionals only, and in a hospital, yet before you go for it, you must learn some basics.

The need for cardiac catheterization…

If your doctor has asked to undergo cardiac catheterization, you might be wondering what can be the reason behind it. Well, as it is said to diagnose a heart problem, it can be done to determine the potential cause of chest pain.

There are few other things which a doctor can determine during the procedure.

  1. Look for hemodynamic assessment, i.e. the amount of oxygen in your heart
  2. Evaluate and determine the pressure inside your heart
  3. Confirm the presence of a congenital heart defect
  4. Diagnose narrow or blocked blood vessels which can cause chest pain
  5. Check for problems with the heart’s valves
  6. Look for the biopsy tissue from your heart
  7. Check the need for further treatment

Preparing for Cardiac Catheterization…

When you go for diagnosis, the doctor generally restricts you from having any food or drink starting from the last midnight to the day of your procedure. Reason being, having food and liquid in your stomach can increase your risk of complications during the procedure. Therefore, it is essential to reschedule your appointment if you weren’t able to fast last night.

Once you are there for catheterization, you’ll be asked to undress and then lie down. The process starts with an intravenous (IV) line, which is usually placed in your arm or hand. It is done in order to provide you with medication and fluids required before, during, and after the procedure.

One more thing, you might feel pain during and after the process. For this, it is recommended to go for a numbing solution, like Dr. Numb. When applied to the skin surface, it simply blocks the pain signals. Hence, making the process pain-free for you.

Besides, do you know that there are four stages of the process? Want to learn more? Wait for the next post.