Cardiac Testing

Cardiac Catheterization

The Howard University Hospital Heart Center specializes in cardiac catherization as a means for heart testing. Cardiac catheterization, also called a coronary angiogram, checks the blood flow in the coronary arteries, blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, finds out how well the heart valves work and checks for defects in the way the walls of the heart moves. In children, this test is used to check for heart problems that have been present since birth.

This test helps determine if you have disease in your coronary arteries, called atherosclerosis. If you have atherosclerosis, this test can pinpoint the size and location of fat and calcium deposits that are narrowing your coronary arteries. Results from cardiac catheterization help determine whether treatment with bypass surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention, such as angioplasty.