What is Cardiac Catheterization?


Cardiac catheterization is a procedure that takes a picture of the arteries in your heart.  It allows you to see the blood flowing through the arteries.  This will determine if there are blockages in the arteries.  It also allows you to see if the heart muscle is working as it should.  Pressurre measurements are done that evaluate the function of the heart muscle and the heart valves. This information will determine what is the best way to treat your heart problem.

When a blockage is found it can often be fixed using angioplasty (balloon) or by placing a stent in the artery to help prevent the blockage from recurring.

Dr  Ratnakar Mukherjee is  board certified in interventional cardiology.  He is the  Medical Director of Cardiac Catheterization at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center campus.  He leads a group of highly skilled physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and specialized technicians. Our cardiac cath lab has recieved multiple awards for its treatment of patients with acute heart attacks.


Patinet presenting with an acute inferior wall infarction.

Thrombus in proximal right coronary artery


Final result after stenting of right coronary artery.