Dr. Atiemo describes the difference between right heart catheterization and left heart catheterization.
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Right Heart Catheterization vs. Left Heart Catheterization With cardiac catheterization cardiologists can obtain detailed information about the heart. Diagnostic right heart catheterization allows one to measure the pressure in the right side of the heart. Conditions such as pulmonary hypertension can be diagnosed this way and also, valvular heart disease can also be diagnosed using right and left heart catheterization. With left heart catheterization, the cardiologist is focusing on the pumping chamber of the heart. A ventriculogram shows the contractility of the left ventricle of the heart and again, with left heart catheterization, that’s also coupled often with coronary angiography where the cardiologist will take pictures of the coronary arteries to look for blockages.