Cardiac catheterization is the insertion of a thin plastic tube (catheter) into an artery that is then threaded towards the heart. The procedure is used to measure various heart functions and to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions, including:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Heart attack
Cardiac catheterization is also commonly used to determine whether patients have atherosclerosis: a condition in which fat and calcium deposits—also known as plaque—narrow the coronary arteries and reduce blood flow. Catheterization can be used to check blood flow in the coronary arteries and in the heart itself, and can also be used to check for congenital heart defects.
St.Vincent Heart Center performs cardiac catheterization procedures at both the 106th Street and North Meridian and 86th Street campuses. Our cardiologists, nurses, and technicians are among the Midwest’s most experienced catheterization teams. Every year, we identify hundreds of serious heart conditions through diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures. We also treat patients using a full range of interventional procedures, performed with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.