Understanding Cardiac Catherization
 
  Cardiac catheterization provides the cardiologist with reliable information in determining the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. During the procedure, your physician will study your coronary arteries and the pumping function of your heart. Test results will enable your physician to determine the type of treatment that is most appropriate for you.

Treatment may include medical treatment, angioplasty/stent, or bypass surgery. Medical treatment may include medications, exercise, diet, smoking cessation, and periodic office visits with your physician. Angioplasty/stent or bypass surgery carry additional risks and are performed in the hospital.

The physician's recommendation for treatment is based on, but not limited to, the location and degree of the blockage(s), as well as the intensity of the patient's symptoms. The physician may determine that these interventional procedures can be performed safely at a later date.

Our staff will make every effort to help you understand the results of your procedure and your physician's recommendations, as well as answer any questions you or your family may have.