A world leader in cardiac catheterization
A diagnostic cardiac catheterization allows interventional cardiologists to test your heart muscle and the arteries that keep it supplied with blood.
Cardiac catheterizations are usually very safe and takes place inside a catheterization
laboratory, or cath lab.
Your physician team inserts a catheter (a long, thin, flexible tube)
through a large blood vessel (typically in the groin) that leads to your
heart. A contrast dye is injected through the catheter so that X-ray images
show how the blood flows through your heart and where the arteries might be
narrowed or blocked.
The doctors will also evaluate the pressure in your heart's chambers,
examine your heart valves and chambers, measure the oxygen content of your
blood, and examine the ability of your heart chambers to contract when they
Depending on what the doctors find, they may perform a percutaneous
coronary intervention to open and repair blocked arteries.
World-Renowned Evaluation and Treatment
The CardioVascular Institute is a world-renowned leader in cardiac
catheterization to evaluate symptoms and treatment options for coronary and
valvular heart disease.
Noted for Hemodynamics
The CVI is noted for our detailed hemodynamic (blood pressure and blood
flow) studies of heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. The
institution's leadership in hemodynamics was established by William
Grossman, MD, a former lab chief who wrote the definitive text book in