What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Category: Surgeries


A cardiac catheterization is a procedure done to examine blood flow to the heart and test how well the heart is pumping. A thin plastic tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery or vein in the arm or leg. From there it can be advanced into the chambers of the heart or into the coronary arteries.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Evaluation/monitoring 16 6
Chest pain 4 3
Clogged artery (arterial plaque) 4 2
Diagnostic assessment 2 1
Heart palpitations 2 1
Pulmonary Hypertension 2 1

Show all 16 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cardiac Catheterization

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 1
Biliary stent complication 1
Feeling better 1
Neck and shoulder muscle soreness 1
Pain 1


Based on patients currently having Cardiac Catheterization

Dosage Patients
one time 1

Why patients stopped taking Cardiac Catheterization

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See all 34 patients who’ve stopped having Cardiac Catheterization


Currently having Cardiac Catheterization

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped having Cardiac Catheterization

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 0
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 9
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1 patient evaluation for Cardiac Catheterization

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Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 61
Condition: Psoriatic Arthritis 5 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Psoriatic Arthritis

See pfern's full Cardiac Catheterization history

Jun 15, 2013 (Started Jun 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Evaluation/monitoring)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: This determined the extent of calcified and no-calcifies stenosis in my coronary arteries. I have three important obstructions. The condition of the blood vessels downstream is fine, so I am a good candidate for a bypass surgery. Sheduling it for January 2014. Cardiac muscle OK, Aorta OK.

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