What To Think About
- This test usually is not done on people who have had severe Reference allergic reactions Opens New Window to contrast material, poorly controlled Reference heart failure Opens New Window, life-threatening heart rhythm problems, or advanced Reference kidney disease Opens New Window.
- Cardiac catheterization is not usually done during pregnancy because the radiation could damage the developing Reference fetus Opens New Window. But in a life-threatening emergency, this procedure may be necessary to help save a pregnant woman's life. In such cases, the fetus is protected as much as possible from radiation exposure with a lead apron.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference July 20, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference George Philippides, MD - Cardiology