Cardiac Catheter-Based Procedures

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Using cardiac catheterization, a physician can perform repairs to the heart and its surrounding arteries without opening the chest. During this procedure, a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into an artery vessel in the arm, groin or neck and guided to the heart. The physician is then able to thread tiny tools through the catheter to the location where the procedure is needed.

Cardiac catheterization is commonly used diagnostically in the following ways:
  • Identify complications from a heart attack
  • Determe candidates for bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement
  • Collect blood samples from inside the heart
  • Take a biopsy from the heart
  • Find congenital defects
  • Look for signs of valve disease
  • Check blood flow and pressure

At Houston Methodist, our physicians lead the field in using catheterization for heart treatment procedures:

For many catheter-based procedures, patients at Houston Methodist are given the option of a transradial approach, in which the catheter is inserted through an artery in the arm instead of in the leg. This leading-edge technique offers numerous advantages, including reduced bleeding, fewer complications and a better overall patient experience.

Other Heart Treatments
Houston Methodist physicians suggest many treatments for patients with concerns about heart health. Learn about other methods for dealing with cardiac concerns: 

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