Cardiac catheterisation

Cardiac catheterisation (also known as coronary angiogram) is an invasive imaging
procedure used to evaluate your heart function. It is used to:

  • Assess the burden of coronary artery disease, valve disease and disease of the aorta.
  • Assess heart muscle function
  • Determine the need for further intervention such as coronary artery bypass surgery.

Access to the heart arteries is gained either via the wrist (radial/ ulnar artery) or the groin (femoral artery). Long tubes (catheters) are then passed to the heart arteries with the aid of a special x-ray machine. Contrast dye is injected through the catheters allowing the heart arteries, chambers and valves to be assessed.

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