A ventriculogram is a test done during Reference cardiac catheterization Opens New Window that evaluates the main pumping chamber of your heart (Reference left ventricle Opens New Window).
During a ventriculogram, your doctor injects a dye into your heart that makes the inside of your heart show up on Reference X-ray Opens New Window. The images are recorded on film or on a computer.
A ventriculogram can show:
- The movement of your heart muscle as your left ventricle fills and pumps blood.
- The size of your left ventricle.
- How efficiently your left ventricle pumps blood (Reference ejection fraction Opens New Window).
- How well blood flows through your heart valves (Reference aortic Opens New Window and Reference mitral valves Opens New Window).
|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