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Invasive Testing

Invasive Tests involve inserting catheters into the blood vessels of the heart in order to get a closer look at the coronary arteries or to stimulate and test the electrical system of the heart.

Cardiac Catheterization
An imaging procedure that allows your doctor to evaluate your heart function.
Carotid Angiography
An imaging procedure that involves using an iodine dye and a camera to examine how the blood flows in the main arteries of the neck that lead to the brain.
Carotid Stenting
A procedure used to detect the presence of narrowing or blockage (atherosclerosis) in the carotid arteries.
Electrophysiology Study
A procedure that records the electrical activity of your heart.
Intravascular Ultrasound
Combines echocardiography and cardiac catheterization which produces detailed images of the interior walls of the arteries.
Myocardial Biopsy
A small catheter with a grasping device on the end is used to obtain a small piece of heart muscle tissue that is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
Reviewed: 09/13

This information is about testing and procedures and may include instructions specific to Cleveland Clinic.
Please consult your physician for information pertaining to your testing.

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