In order to treat cardiovascular conditions, they first need to be diagnosed. Cardiac catheterization is a common procedure in which a catheter (this is a long thin tube) is placed inside a person’s artery or vein. This procedure can happen in the neck, arm or groin, then is threaded all the way around to the heart.
The process of cardiac catheterization allows for doctors to perform diagnostic tests through the inserted catheter. While normally used for diagnostics, there are also some heart treatments which are completed using cardiac catheterization.
Most people who undergo cardiac catheterization do so with medication to help relax them, but still awake. Cardiac catheterization is a relatively safe procedure and the chances of complications are low. This also means that recovery time is often very quick.