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What is Cardiac catheterization?

21:59 - 4 May , 2021

Medical procedure



Cardiac catheterization is used to establish a diagnosis and treat some cardiovascular conditions. It is a procedure that consists of inserting a catheter into a vein or artery generally located in the arm, groin, or neck to reach the heart through the vascular conduit.

It is a short-term, low-risk procedure, whose probability of success is very high, hence the reason why it is frequently used to perform the following:

  • Angioplasty. 
  • Solve congenital heart disease. 
  • Valve repair or replacement.
  • Balloon valve replacement.
  • Ablation to treat arrhythmias.
  • Prevent clot formation.

Potential risks:

It is a fairly safe procedure that rarely has serious complications, but there are still some risks:

  • Bleeding and bruising.
  • Infections.
  • Clots.
  • Heart attack.
  • Stroke.
  • Arrhythmias.
  • Damage to the artery or heart from the catheter.

As it is a quick procedure, you will only spend a few hours recovering while you overcome the anesthetics effects. The catheter is removed immediately after the catheterization has been performed.

Your stay in hospital will depend on the heart disease you suffer from and the procedure performed, but many times patients are usually discharged the same day or may stay a day or two. 

At home, you will be able to carry out your usual activities, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Our Pediatric Heart Center is the only private center in Mexico to treat heart conditions with an exclusive unit for pediatric surgeries.

We have a group of highly trained specialists made up of pediatric cardiologists, echocardiographers, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologists, pediatric specialists in cardiovascular intensive care, nurses, medical assistants, perfusionists, psychologists, and social workers.


  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Pediatric echocardiography
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Pediatric electrophysiology
  • Fetal electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular intensive care unit
  • Pediatric cardiology clinic
  • Univentricular Heart Program

Related centers and departments:


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  • Ozores SFJ, Ramiro NJC, Díaz RF. Tratamiento intervencionista con stents en recién nacidos con cardiopatías congénitas complejas. Rev Cubana Pediatr. 2020;92(3):1-10.
  • Rodríguez-Blanco S, Leyva QAY, Mendoza OJL. Acceso radial distal izquierdo en cardiología intervencionista. Rev Cubana Cardiol Cir Cardiovasc. 2019;25(4):.
  • Rocha-Márquez RE, Lozano-Rangel O, Romero-Quechol GM. Nivel de conocimientos del paciente sobre el cateterismo cardiaco y presencia de ansiedad y depresión. Rev Enferm IMSS. 2017;25(4):257-264.

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