Cardiac catheterization is used to view the heart and coronary arteries. It allows cardiologists to see the blood flow to and from the heart, view the chambers of the heart and the action of the heart valves and check for any defects in the wall of the heart. In addition, it can locate blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries. Based on this information, the cardiologist can determine if a patient may benefit from interventional treatments such as angioplasty or if surgery is needed. The UF interventional cardiologists offer all the latest catheter-based treatments for peripheral arterial disease. These include:
- Distal protection devices
Patients also have access to percutaneous treatment for other conditions including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and atrial septal defects. Most interventional cardiology procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and no hospital overnight stay is required.
What to Expect During your Cardiac Catheterization