In some cases, cardiac surgery is the best solution to eliminate heart disease symptoms, repair congenital heart conditions, and restore healthy heart function. At Cardiac Solutions, our experienced cardiologists offer surgical and non-surgical treatment solutions for the ongoing management of heart disease, including cardiac and vascular surgery in Phoenix.
Steps Involved in Heart Catheterization
Heart catheterization is a minimally-invasive surgical diagnostic used in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease and congenital heart conditions. In some cases, your heart catheterization procedure may include a treatment procedure while your doctor has access to your heart.
- Heart catheterization is performed while you are awake. You will be given medication to help you relax and the site of catheter insertion will be numbed for your comfort.
- The first step in heart catheterization is the creation of a small entry point in your arm, groin, or neck, through which the catheter will be placed. A small, hollow sheath will be placed into the entry point to keep it open.
- Next, a thin, flexible wire will be threaded through the entry point and into the heart. This wire is used to guide the placement of the catheter, which follows. During this process, X-ray images may also be taken to ensure accurate placement of the catheter.
- Once in place, the catheter can be used for diagnostic or treatment purposes. Radioactive dye may be released to better visualize the structure of the heart or the coronary arteries during a process called angiography.
- If treatment is needed, your heart doctor can administer it via the catheter; treatments may include catheter ablation or stenting.
- Once the procedure is complete, the catheter and sheath are removed and the entry point is bandaged to promote healing.
Cardiac Surgery Candidacy
Before you are scheduled for cardiac surgery, your heart doctor will evaluate many health factors to determine if surgery is the right treatment option for you. In many cases, surgical procedures are held in reserve for use only after non-surgical treatments have been tried. You can reach Cardiac Solutions by calling (623) 876-8816 to speak with a cardiologist about your surgical and non-surgical heart disease treatment options.
- Age can plays a role in cardiac surgery candidacy. Younger patients are typically better surgical candidates because they can heal more quickly.
- Your general health may also determine whether surgery is right for you. Surgical candidates should be in good health, with heart disease and other conditions stabilized or well maintained.
- If long-term or lifestyle changes will be required after surgery, you must be willing and able to commit to them to improve your chances of long-term success.