Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. During cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube called a catheter is inserted in an artery or vein in groin, neck or arm and threaded through your blood vessels to the heart.
This is done if a person has a severe heart problem or as a part of a procedure to correct a heart problem.
Risks of cardiac catheterization are:
- Heart attack
- Allergic reactions to the dye or medication
- Tearing the tissue of your heart or artery
- Blood clots
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- Kidney damage
- Damage to the artery where the catheter was inserted that may require additional attention (pseudoaneurysm)
Cardiology research Journals like Clinical Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine (CCCM) provides a global open access platform to put forth the ongoing research, reviews and techniques related to Cardiac catheterization.