Freezing is injected into one side of the patient’s groin area. The patient may feel some pressure in this area as the doctor finds the artery and makes a small incision. Once the incision is made, a sheath is inserted into the artery and acts as a guideline or tunnel for the catheter to follow to the heart. The patient will not feel the catheter as it moves through their artery and into their heart.
During this time, the patient may be asked to take a deep breath and hold it while a series of x-rays are taken and recorded onto film.
The patient will then be transferred to a stretcher and taken to the recovery area for approximately three to four hours for close observation and routine care.
The cardiologist will briefly review the results with the patient immediately following the test.