A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart.

Cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath or heart cath) is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. For example, during cardiac cath your doctor will:

Take X-rays using contrast dye injected through the catheter to look for narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. This is called coronary angiography or coronary arteriography.

Perform a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as coronary angioplasty with stenting to open up narrowed or blocked segments of a coronary artery.

Check the pressure in the four chambers of your heart.

Take samples of blood to measure the oxygen content in the four chambers of your heart.

Evaluate the ability of the pumping chambers to contract.

Look for defects in the valves or chambers of your heart.

Remove a small piece of heart tissue to examine under a microscope (biopsy)


Cardiac Catheterization Services & Treatment:

Coronary Angiogram

Right heart Cath

Swan Ganz

Temporary pacemaker insertion

Temporary pacemaker care per day

Renal Angiogram

Peripheral Angiogram

Permanent pacemaker insertion Coronary angioplasty

Coronary Angiogram

Left Heart Cath

Hepatic Angiogram

Celiac Angiogram

Pancreatic Angiogram

Carotid Angiogram

Cerebral Angiogram



Peripheral Arteriogram

Coronary Angiography