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Cardiac Catheterization

A cardiac cath is done in the hospital. The doctor will insert a tiny catheter into an artery near your groin where they can follow that all the way up to your heart. A dye is injected and pictures are taken as the dye is passing through the arteries. Anywhere the dye narrows shows a blockage in your artery. Typically a blockage can be fixed with a stent, which as explained above is a balloon that is inster that will open the artery back up.

An inside look at a blocked artery

An overview of a heart cath and stent

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