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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Cardiac Catheterization?

In our hospital, we care about our patients and we do a different number of tests to make sure there is nothing omitted. If you feel like your health has degenerated and your heart isn’t keeping up with your demands, you may need professional help. Here, at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we are ready to do thorough check-ups to see what kind of procedures you may need to regain your vitality.

The human heart is a very important and delicate organ. Its use is to pump the blood throughout your body and help with oxygen and nutrient transportation. Due to our modern, hectic lifestyles or just old age, our organs can get damaged and begin to function less than ideally. With this said, the heart is no exception, and with such an important role, we must make sure to do regular checkups and keep it healthy.

Cardiac catheterization is the procedure in which a small incision is made over an important artery. Then a catheter is inserted into your blood vessel. The tube is advanced through your artery until it reaches your heart. A number of different procedures can be done after this.

The insertion site will be locally sedated so you don’t feel any pain. After this, a small incision is made over one of your main arteries, usually in the groin area for the femoral one. A sheath is introduced through the entrance point and through it a small thin tube called a catheter. The catheter is then gently pushed through your blood vessel until it reaches your heart. After the surgeon completes this action, the catheter is taken out and your incision is closed.

There are a number of benefits to this procedure:

  1. The patient can get an angiography; Through the use of x-rays and a special dye, the doctor can check if the patient has any blocked arteries;
  2. The patient can get an angioplasty, a procedure in which plaque is removed from the blood vessels;
  3. The surgeon can remove a small piece of tissue from the heart for testing; This is called a biopsy;
  4. The patient can get a valvuloplasty, a procedure in which a narrowed heart valve is widened;
  5. The patient’s heart chamber pressure can be checked;

The recovery process is a simple one. The patient’s heartbeat and incision site will be monitored to check for any possible problems. Depending on the procedure done, the patient may be able to leave the same day as the cardiac catheterization happens or spend a night at the hospital.

Even though it may sound complicated, cardiac catheterization is in reality an easy procedure. There should be no major risks involved. The incision can get bruised, infected or it can bleed. If dye is inserted into the heart, some people can experience stomach sickness or kidney problems.

Cardiac catheterization is an excellent procedure for people suffering from heart disease. You can check to see if there are any clogged vessels or fix a number of other problems, if necessary. Our doctors are professionals and guarantee your safety during and after this procedure. Call us today at 888.600.5600 tells us how we can help you.

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