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Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterizations (also called cardiac caths or caths) are used to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions. Cardiac catheterizations are minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures and can often prevent the need for open heart surgery. In a cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube called a catheter is inserted into a small incision in the groin or arm and threaded through a vessel to the heart. Patients are given a local anesthetic and usually feel very little discomfort during the procedure.

The cardiac catheterization teams at Fairfield Medical Center are highly trained and perform hundreds of procedures each year. Some of the most common types of procedures are:

Cardiac Catheterization – used to diagnose and treat blockages, blood flow disorders and other problems in the heart.

Percutaneous Left Ventricular Assist – a pump that is inserted surgically to help a weak heart pump blood adequately, usually in patients with severe congestive heart failure.

lntraortic Balloon Pump – a temporary device inserted when the heart is weak (such as after a heart attack or heart surgery). The pump is usually removed usually after a few days when the heart can pump enough blood on its own.

Right Heart Catheterization – checks pulmonary pressure and is usually done to diagnose congestive heart failure or pulmonary hypertension.

Coronary Stenting – a small metal coil or mesh tube is inserted through a catheter and placed in a damaged or blocked artery to keep the artery open.