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Left heart catheterization is a test to check the left side of your heart. Your doctor might check the structure of your heart, the motion of your heart, or the blood pressure inside the chambers.
This test gives information about how your heart is working. It can:
The procedure itself will probably take 1 to 2 hours, but the preparation and recovery time add several hours. Plan on being at the hospital most of the day.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Adaptation Date: 8/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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