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Why do I need a cardiac cath?

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Your doctor uses cardiac cath to evaluate or confirm the presence of heart disease (such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, or disease of the aorta). He'll also use it to check heart muscle function and determine the need for more treatment (such as an interventional procedure or bypass surgery).

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