Right heart catheterization is a test to check the right side of your heart. The right side of the heart receives blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs. The blood picks up oxygen in the lungs.
A doctor will insert a thin, flexible tube (catheter) into a blood vessel in your groin or neck. During the test, the doctor moves the catheter through the blood vessel into your heart.
The test checks the blood pressure and oxygen levels in your lungs and heart. It also checks how well your heart is pumping. This test is different from left heart catheterization. That test checks for blockages in the coronary arteries.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: September 21, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology & Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine
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