Cardiac Catherization/Interventions

Cutting-Edge Care for Cardiac Patients. Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) is a specialized procedure to study or repair the heart. A catheter, or thin hollow flexible tube, is inserted into an artery of the leg or arm. Under X-ray visualization, the doctor guides the tip of the catheter to the heart.

Complete recovery takes a week or less. Keep the area where the catheter was inserted dry for 24 to 48 hours. If the catheter was inserted into your arm, recovery is often faster.

Procedures that might be done during your cardiac cath include:

  • Angioplasty. Your doctor inserts a catheter with a tiny balloon at the tip
  • Biopsy. Your doctor takes a small sample of tissue from your heart.
  • Repair of heart defects. Your doctor closes a hole in your heart or stops a leak in a valve
  • Stent placement.