Cardiac Catheterization, or angiogram, is a minimally invasive imaging procedure. Patients are under conscious sedation during the entire procedure.
During the test, a long, narrow tube, called a catheter, is inserted into a blood vessel in your arm or leg and guided to your heart with the aid of a special X-ray machine. Contrast dye is injected through the catheter to image your valves, coronary arteries, and heart chambers. Catheterizations are generally considered safe procedures, typically taking less than 30 minutes but as with all tests, some risks do exist.
Prior to the procedure, you will have a consultation with Dr. Caldwell to discuss your personal risks and potential benefits.
After the test, you will be scheduled for a follow up office visit with Dr. Caldwell to discuss your test results, your progress, ensure that all of your questions are answered, and together develop a plan for your long term continued care.