Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing | Invasive Cardiac Procedures
One procedure frequently used for diagnosis and treatment of issues involving blood flow through the right chambers of the heart, as well as the lungs, is called right heart catheterization. This involves a long thin tube, or catheter, being inserted veins in the patient’s groin or neck, and then guided through into the right-sided chambers of the heart. This catheter will reveal the blood pressures and oxygen content of the various chambers of the heart. This will reveal information about the hemodynamics (blood pressure, cardiac performance etc). Often right heart catheterizations are done to assess the true physiologic impact of a previously diagnosed anatomic abnormality or to help monitor the management of complex cardiovascular conditions and treatments.
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