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Cardiac Catheterization

Take The First Step in Heart Health with Cardiac Catheterization in Southeast Texas

As one of the leading causes of death in the US, heart disease takes a life every 37 seconds. According to a recent census by the American Heart Association, nearly half of the U.S. population suffers from cardiovascular disease.

At any given time, there’s a high percentage of individuals suffering from life-threatening heart disease—without even knowing it. If left undiagnosed and consequently untreated, poor cardiac health can be fatal.

Cardiac catheterization—also known as “cardiac/heart cath”—is an effective procedure utilized to see if you have a heart issue. It helps doctors rule out, diagnose, and treat cardiovascular conditions. By inserting a thin tube called a catheter in an artery or vein, cardiovascular specialists and physicians can examine your heart’s health.

Cardiac catheterization is one of the most effective ways to determine potential problems in the functions of heart muscle, valves, and coronary arteries.

Why Should I Get Cardiac Catheterization?

Not only does the procedure help individuals rule out concerns, but it also effectively prevents unidentified heart issues from worsening.

Here are some procedures where cardiac catheterization is used at the Heart and Vascular Solutions Center:

  • Coronary Angioplasty/Stent to open coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart that have narrowed or become blocked. 
  • Peripheral Angioplasty/Stent to open blood vessels supplying blood to the legs that have narrowed or become blocked.
  • Peripheral Angiography also called an Extremity Angiography or Peripheral Arteriogram uses X-rays and dye to test arteries in the legs for narrowed or blocked areas.
  • Pacemaker Placement is where doctors place a small electronic device in the chest to regulate the heart’s electrical pulses to ensure it doesn’t slow.
  • Defibrillator Placement or Implantable Cardioverter – Defibrillator (ICD) placement places a battery-powered device that detects and fixes life-threatening changes in your heart rhythm.
  • Implantable Loop Recorder is a small device inserted just beneath the skin of the chest that allows for remote heart rhythm monitoring.
  • Cardioversion treats people suffering from abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmias) by placing electrodes on the chest and restoring normal heart rhythm by sending electric shocks to the heart.  

How Should I Prepare for the Procedure?

Cardiovascular physicians and specialists will guide you prior to the procedure. In most cases, there are dietary restrictions imposed immediately before and after the procedure.

In addition, we recommend informing the cardiovascular team about any medication you are currently taking—including natural dietary supplements and herbal products. You also need to specify any allergies and health conditions—especially diabetes.

The procedure takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour.

Benefits of Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization reduces the chances of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. As the procedure progresses, cardiovascular physicians and specialists correct any issues or irregularities along the way. By addressing any and all concerns, the cardiovascular team helps patients live healthier and more active lives.   

Cardiac Catheterization at The Heart and Vascular Solutions Center at Houston Physicians’ Hospital

With years of experience in performing cardiac catheterization, our physicians in our Heart and Vascular Solutions Center help patients have a smooth experience with an easy recovery. Led by a team of world-class affiliated heart specialists and experienced staff, we use state-of-the-art technology in a safe environment allowing patients to return home the same day as the procedure.

In addition, our cardiovascular physicians’ and specialists’ expertise ensures each concern is resolved for a successful procedure promoting long-term patient health and wellness.

Learn more about this procedure by contacting one of our cardiovascular specialists serving Southeast Texas—including South Houston, Clear Lake, Webster, League City, and Galveston.