Diagnostic using cardiac catheter examination

Coronary angiography is considered a gold standard for the representation of coronary arteries and in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease. If a coronary narrowing is detected, it can be treated immediately during the examination with a vascular support. Coronary angiographies are usually performed through the hand artery (A. radialis) which allows for the immediate mobilization of the patient. Elective heart catheter examinations usually take place on the day of admission.

The so-called right heart catheter examination allows to determine the pressure values in the pulmonary circulation. This measurement is particularly important for diagnostic of cardiac valve diseases.