Cardiac catheterization diagnostic imaging is an invasive cardiac angiogram that is used to identify heart problems or cardiac function anomalies. This type of diagnostic imaging test is performed by inserting a small IV with a thin hollow catheter that injects a contrast into the coronary arteries that gives physicians a clear image of the blood vessels and heart chambers. A clear picture allows the cardiologist to see any damage that may have occurred to the heart muscle.
At Istishari Hospital we partner with the leading cardiologists in Jordan who are experts in performing cardiac percutaneous interventions and or stents to our patients with access to a state of-the-art equipped catheterization laboratory.
Reasons for Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that helps identify and manage a patient's condition before it evolves into a heart attack that could either damage the heart muscle or have fatal consequences. Patients are advised to undergo a catheterization for the following conditions:
- Chest pain, mainly with prolonged heavy pressure or a squeezing pain
- Abnormal treadmill stress test
- Myocardial infarction, also known as a heart attack
- Congenital heart defects , or heart problems that originated from birth
- Diagnosis of valvular-heart disease
- Need to measure the heart muscle's ability to pump blood
Post Catheterization Care
Although cardiac catheterization is a procedure that is often performed on an out-patient basis, some patients may be kept in the Coronary Care Unit for observation for 24 hours.
Post Catheterization Instructions
- Post catheterization, bed rest is recommended for at least 6 hours
- If catheter was inserted in leg or groin, extend your leg up to six hours
- If catheter was inserted in the arm or artery, extend the arm no less than three hours
- Swelling may form over the incision site and will diminish with healing
- Expect bluish discoloration under the skin at insertion point for couple of weeks
- Incision site might bleed during the first 24 hours, should this happen, apply pressure to the site with a clean cloth for 10-15 minutes and inform your doctor