Deposition of cholesterol in the walls of the arteries of the heart leads 1 narrowing or blockage of these arteries. This can lead to angina or heart attack. The site and extent of blockage can be determined by the diagnostic procedure of Coronary Angiography. Cardiac catheterisation is the procedure performed to find out the state of the heart muscles, valves and the exact location of 'holes in the heart'.
WHAT IS A CATHETERISATION LABORATORY?
The catheterisation laboratory (or 'cath lab' in short) is the site where angiograph and angioplasty are performed. It comprises of a movable table on which the patient sleeps, an X ray camera which moves up and down and from side to side an television monitors on which the doctors (and you) can see images of the arteries of the heart. In addition, there are several other instruments in the cath lab, including monitors to record your heart rate and rhythm, measure the pressures in your heart and other ancillary equipment that may be required from time to time. The cath lab is generally cooled to 20-25 degrees Celsius, hence you might find it cold inside.
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