Cardiac Catheterization is a procedure to examine blood flow to the heart and test how well the heart is pumping. Your cardiologist inserts a thin plastic tube (catheter) into an artery or vein in the arm or leg. From this location it can be advanced into the chambers of the heart or into the coronary arteries.
The purpose of performing this test is to measure blood pressure within the heart and how much oxygen is in the blood. It's also used to get information about the heart muscle and its ability to pump properly. Catheterization of the heart may also be done on infants and children to examine for congenital heart defects.
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