Cardiac Catheterization ("Heart Cath"): From the groin or the wrist
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where a small plastic catheter is placed within a large artery in your leg or wrist and advanced to your heart. This technique is used to take pictures of the arteries of the heart and the pump function of the left ventricle. The procedure provides the most detailed and accurate information on the anatomy of the coronary arteries. Cardiac catheterization is necessary before a decision can be made about whether coronary stenting or bypass surgery is necessary.
More and more frequently, heart catheterization is being performed from the wrist rather than from the groin. This approach affords the benefit of easy ambulation immediately after the procedure and minimizes the risk of bleeding complications. Most patients prefer the radial approach for comfort reasons. Dr. George Younis is performing transradial catheterizations regularly, and is one of few doctors at St. Luke's Hospital / Texas Heart Institute with extensive experience in the techniq
Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) and Stenting
Peripheral Angiography, Angioplasty, Stenting, Atherectomy
Peripheral arterial disease is a common cause of leg pain with walking, contributes to poorly healing ulcers, and can lead to amputation. Using techniques similar to heart catheterization, angiography and intervention can be performed on the vasculature in the aorta, pelvis, and legs. More information can be found at the Vascularcures.org.