Cardiac catheterization procedures are minimally-invasive, non-surgical procedures performed by Upper Valley Medical Center cardiologists. Cardiac catheterizations are used to diagnose coronary artery disease.
What is Cardiac Catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic study that provides information about the anatomy of the arteries (coronary arteries) that supply blood to the heart. With these catheterizations, Upper Valley cardiologists can confirm the presence of a suspected heart blockage, assess the severity of disease and its effect on the heart, look for the cause of symptoms such as shortness of breath or signs of cardiac insufficiency, or make an assessment before heart surgery.
Upper Valley’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab was established in 1992 and was the first between Dayton and Lima, Ohio.
Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterizations
Through diagnostic catheterization, Upper Valley Cardiologists can examine the inside of arteries for blockage, measure the blood flow and internal pressures of the heart, assess heart valve leakage or blockage and with angiography, and diagnose abnormalities of the heart that may have been present since birth.
Preparing for Catheterization Treatments
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Content Updated: December 8, 2014