Why Do I Have Pain In My Left Side Where My Heart Is?

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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.


Alternative Names

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...

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