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Cardiac Catheterization (Angiogram, Balloon Angioplasty, Stents)


A procedure that is mainly used to assess the heart’s blood supply by injecting X-ray dye into the heart's blood vessels (looking for blockages).  The catheter used is a thin plastic tube that is usually inserted into the femoral artery in the groin (sometimes in the wrist) and guided up to the heart.  The Cardiologist watches its movement using special X-ray equipment. Once in position,we can inject the X-ray dye and record X-ray movies similar to the clip on the right.

This procedure is also used to assess the heart's pumping function and valves by measuring the pressure in the different heart chambers and by injecting dye directly into the main pumping chamber of the heart.

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Coronary Angiogram

Coronary Angioplasty