Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography can provide important information about the heart and the surrounding blood vessels supplyingit.
This can help to diagnose heart conditions, plan future treatments and carry out certain procedures.
The heart has four chambers: the two small chambers at the top are called atria and the two larger chambers at the bottom are called ventricles. Each ventricle has two valves to control the flow of blood in and out of the ventricle.
Usingcardiac catheterisation, your cardiologist (heart specialist) can tell how well your heart valves andchambers are working. The procedure can alsoprovide important information about the blood pressure inside your heart.
Coronary angiography alsogives video images (angiograms) that can showwhether the blood vessels surrounding yourheart are narrowed or blocked. You may need treatment if there are any narrow areas or blockages.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography can be used to help diagnose a number of heart conditions, including:
Coronary angiography is also used before or during certain treatments. For example, it may be used if you need to have:
Cardiac catheterisation is an invasive diagnostic procedure that provides important information about the structure and function of the heart.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography can provide important information about the heart and the surrounding blood vessels supplying it.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography is carried out at a hospital or specialist heart centre.
After having cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography, your pulse and blood pressure will be checked and recorded.
Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography are generally considered to be safe procedures. However, as with all medical procedures, there are some associated risks.