Surgeon conducting cardiac catheterisation

Surgeon conducting cardiac catheterisation

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Caption: Cardiac catheterisation. View of a heart surgeon conducting a cardiac catheterisation operation. The patient is seen in the foreground. The surgeon holds a thin, hollow tube (catheter) which is being inserted into a blood vessel of the patient, normally in the thigh. The catheter is then guided into the heart, with the aid of X-ray monitors (in the background). Once the catheter is in place, a radio-opaque dye may be injected into the patient. Cardiac catheterisation is a method of detecting heart or coronary artery disease, such as athero- sclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) or arterial blockage which may cause heart attack.

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Keywords: cardiac, cardiac catheterization, cath lab, catheterisation, catheterization, diagnostics, healthcare, heart, heart catheterisation, hospital, medical, medicine, procedure equipment, radiography, surgery, surgical treatment

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