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    Catheter Placement During a Cardiac Catheterization

    Catheter Placement During a Cardiac Catheterization

    Catheter going from groin to heart, with detail of catheter in a coronary artery

    Cardiac catheterization is done using a thin, soft tube called a catheter. A doctor inserts the catheter into a blood vessel, typically in the groin area, using a special needle. The doctor then slowly guides the catheter through blood vessels toward the heart. The catheter tip is moved into various positions in the heart's chambers and vessels (coronary arteries).

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

    Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016

    Current as of: January 27, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

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