Congestive heart failure - left
Follow your health care provider's advice for treatment of conditions that may cause congestive heart failure. Follow dietary guidelines and minimize or eliminate smoking and alcohol consumption.
Alternative Names Angiography - right heart Normal Values See Swan-Ganz catheterization. What abnormal results mean Abnormal connections between the right and left side of the heart Abnormalities of the right atrium, such as atrial myxoma (rarely) Abnormalities of the valve on the right side of the heart Abnormal pressures or volumes Weakened pumping function of the right ventricle (this could be due to many causes)
Left heart catheterization is the passage of a thin flexible tube (catheter) into the left side of the heart to diagnose or treat certain heart problems.
Catheterization - left heart
How the test is performed
You may be given a mild sedative before the procedure starts. The health care provider will place an IV into your arm so that you can receive medication during the procedure.
You will lie on a padded table. Your doctor will make a small surgical cut on your body, usually near the groin. Then your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) through the cut into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist. You will be awake during the procedure.
The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries. Dye will be injected into your body to highlight blood flow through the arteries. This helps the doctors see any blockages in the blood vess...
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