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Cardiac Catheterization

Also known as an angiography, the cardiac catheterization is one of the most useful tools in diagnosing coronary artery disease, evaluating heart muscle function and determining the need for further treatment.

During the procedure, a thin catheter is inserted into the artery or vein of an arm or leg, and then guided to the heart with the help of a special X-ray machine. Dye is injected through the catheter and X-rays are taken of the heart chambers, arteries and valves.