Catheter Placement During a Cardiac Catheterization

Catheter going from groin to heart, with detail of catheter in a coronary artery

Cardiac catheterization is done using a thin, soft tube called a catheter. A doctor inserts the catheter into a blood vessel, typically in the groin area, using a special needle. The doctor then slowly guides the catheter through blood vessels toward the heart. The catheter tip is moved into various positions in the heart's chambers and vessels (coronary arteries).

Current as ofJuly 22, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology
Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH, FACP - Internal Medicine