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Cardiac catheter examinations help to best illustrate the coronary vessels. Coronary vessels are small arteries that run along the outside of the heart. They originate in the aorta above the aortic valve and provide the heart muscle and the heart's own nervous system with nutrients and blood rich in oxygen. Cardiac catheter examinations are mostly conducted when a serious constriction (stenosis) of the coronary vessels exists or is suspected. Such constrictions often become obvious when you have chest pain (angina pectoris).
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Cardiac catheter examinations (so-called diagnostic cardiac catheterizations) display the coronary vessels. To do so, we insert the catheter (a narrow plastic tube) usually via the right radial artery up to the coronary vessel. When we...» More about Cardiac Catheterization
Angioplasty (Balloon Dilatation)
If a serious constriction (stenosis) is found during a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, it can be opened up. After the diagnostic cardiac catheterization, we often look for the constricted coronary vessel in question again with a somewhat...» More about Angioplasty (Balloon Dilatation)
At sites of serious constriction of the coronary blood vessels (stenoses), a stent is almost always implanted. In this case, we are talking about a thin wire mesh about 1 to 2 cm in length and with a diameter between 2.5 and 4 mm. ...» More about Stent Implantation