Cardiac catheterization is a test to
check your heart and
Test results will be
reviewed by a
cardiologist and will be available after the
procedure. Your doctor will be able to talk to you about some of the results
immediately after the test.
Results will include whether:1
- Coronary arteries are normal or have narrowing or blockage.
- The heart's
pumping action (ejection fraction) and pressures inside the heart
chambers and blood vessels are normal.
- The heart valves
are working normally.
Many conditions can affect the results of a cardiac
catheterization. Your doctor will discuss any significant abnormal results with
you in relation to your symptoms and past health.
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
What To Think About
- This test usually is not done on people who have had
allergic reactions to contrast material, poorly
heart failure, life-threatening heart rhythm problems,
- Cardiac catheterization
is not usually done during pregnancy because the radiation could damage the
fetus. But in a life-threatening emergency, this
procedure may be necessary to help save a pregnant woman's life. In such cases,
the fetus is protected as much as possible from radiation exposure with a lead
Other Places To Get Help
Society for Interventional Radiology
|3975 Fair Ridge Drive
|Suite 400 North
|Fairfax, VA 22033
The Society of Interventional Radiology is a national organization of physicians, scientists, and health professionals dedicated to improving public health through disease management and minimally invasive, image-guided therapies.
Intervention radiology includes using X-rays, MRI, and other imaging to move a thin tube in the body, usually in an artery, to treat a disease. An example is angioplasty for heart disease. The Web site includes a section on patient information. This section gives information on therapies for various diseases and conditions. The Web site can also help you find a doctor.
American Heart Association (AHA)
|7272 Greenville Avenue
Visit the American Heart Association (AHA) website for information on
physical activity, diet, and various heart-related conditions. You can search for information on heart disease and stroke, share information with friends and family, and use tools to help you make heart-healthy goals and plans. Contact the AHA to find your
nearest local or state AHA group. The AHA provides brochures and information
about support groups and community programs, including Mended Hearts, a
nationwide organization whose members visit people with heart problems and
provide information and support.