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Heart Catheterization

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about heart catheterization?

Heart catheterization is a procedure that helps diagnose and treat some heart problems. Healthcare providers can measure oxygen levels and pressures in your heart. They can also fix problems with the valves, blood vessels, or walls of your heart. You may need this procedure if you have chest pain, heart disease, or your heart is not working properly.

How do I prepare for heart catheterization?

What will happen during heart catheterization?

What should I expect after heart catheterization?

What are the risks of heart catheterization?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. You may need surgery to repair damage from the catheter to your heart or blood vessels, or to stop bleeding. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot in your arm or leg. You could have a heart attack or stroke during or after the procedure. You could also develop irregular heartbeats.

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