Cardiac Catheterization

 

Physicians specialized in Interventional Cardiology use catheters (thin, flexible tubes) that are inserted into blood vessels and guided to the heart to “see” any problems and open clogged arteries.

Catheters can be used to improve blood flow in clogged arteries by inserting and expanding balloons into blood vessels (percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) and implanting or deploying devices called stents, which help to keep blood vessels open.

Catheterization procedures can enable patients to avoid more complex heart surgery.