Cardiac catheterization is a method performed similar to coronary angiography procedure by using inguinal or arm arteries however mostly requires simultaneous venous intervention too. Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic method used for the diagnosis and whether a different treatment is necessary or not for congenital or acquired diseases related with the structure of heart, abnormalities, congenital or acquired heart holes. Cardiac catheterization procedure generally lasts for approximately 30 minutes.
After the procedure, sheaths placed to artery and veins are removed and stopping of the bleeding is provided by outside compression. Tight bandage is applied to that region and the patient is taken to bed. Generally 6 hours of rest after the procedure is sufficient. At the end of the rest, the patient can be discharged if the doctor finds appropriate. Life risk is very low in cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography. One should be contacted to angio secretary few days ago before coming to cardiac catheterization and information must be obtained about what to do.