Cardiac Catheterization


Dr. Rahul Sawant stands out as one of the Best Cardiac Catheterization Specialists in Pune, bringing unparalleled expertise to the field. At Hriday Mitra Cardia Clinic, he leads a dedicated team committed to providing top-notch care in cardiac catheterization procedures. Patients in Pune can trust Dr. Rahul Sawant for Advanced cardiac interventions and compassionate medical guidance.

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath or heart cath) is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart. View an illustration of cardiac catheterization.

  • Cardiac cath is performed to find out if you have disease of the heart muscle, valves or coronary (heart) arteries.
  • During the procedure, the pressure and blood flow in your heart can be measured.
  • Coronary angiography is done during cardiac catheterization. A contrast dye visible in X-rays is injected through the catheter. X-ray images show the dye as it flows through the heart arteries. This shows where arteries are blocked.
  • The chances that problems will develop during cardiac cath are low.
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Why do People have Cardiac Catheterization?

A cardiac cath  provides information on how well your heart works, identifies problems and allows for procedures to open blocked arteries. For example, during cardiac cath your doctor may:

  • Take X-rays using contrast dye injected through the catheter to look for narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. This is called coronary angiography or coronary arteriography.
  • Perform a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) such as coronary angioplasty with stenting to open up narrowed or blocked segments of a coronary artery.
  • Check the pressure in the four chambers of your heart.
  • Take samples of blood to measure the oxygen content in the four chambers of your heart.
  • Evaluate the ability of the pumping chambers to contract.
  • Look for defects in the valves or chambers of your heart.
  • Remove a small piece of heart tissue to examine under a microscope (biopsy).

Undergoing Cardiac Catheterization involves some risks, but the Best Cardiac Surgeons in Pune at Hriday Mitra Cardia Clinic, like Dr. Rahul Sawant, take utmost care. Possible risks include minor problems like feeling sick due to the dye used.

What are the Risks of Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac Catheterization is usually very safe. A small number of people have minor problems. Some develop bruises where the catheter had been inserted (puncture site). The contrast dye that makes the arteries show up on X-rays causes some people to feel sick to their stomachs, get itchy or develop hives.

Bleeding: Cardiac catheterization involves the insertion of a catheter into blood vessels, posing a risk of bleeding at the catheter site or within the blood vessels.

Infection: There is a potential for infection at the catheter insertion site, though this risk is relatively low with modern medical practices.

Allergic Reactions: Some patients may experience allergic reactions to the contrast dye used during the procedure, leading to symptoms such as rash, itching, or more severe reactions.

Blood Vessel Damage: The insertion of catheters into blood vessels carries a risk of vessel damage, which could result in blood vessel narrowing or, in rare cases, dissection.

Heart Rhythm Issues: Cardiac catheterization can sometimes trigger arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), although these are usually temporary and resolve on their own.

Dr. Rahul Sawant, leading at Hriday Mitra Cardia Clinic, sets the standard for the Best Cardiac Catheterization in Pune. Safety is paramount, and while minor problems are rare, a small number may encounter injury to the contrast dye used during the procedure, manifesting as nausea, itchiness, or hives.

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