Coronary Artery Disease
The heart is very much like a house. The main purpose of a house is to provide shelter while the primary function of the heart is to pump blood. The heart, just like a house, has three main components. The first is the walls and doors of the house which are similar to the walls and valves of the heart. The second part of a house is the electricity The heart also has an electrical system which can be examined on an EKG. The last part of a house is the plumbing. The blood vessels that give blood to the heart (coronary arteries), are the plumbing of the heart.
When there is a blockage in the heart's plumbing, the disease is called Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). Sometimes it is necessary to look inside the heart's plumbing. This procedure is called a coronary angiogram or cardiac catheterization and is performed by an Interventional Cardiologist, like Dr. Denmark.
Typically a cardiac catherterization is perform by placing a tube in the groin (femoral artery) and passing a catherter into the coronary arteries. However, Dr. Denmark specializes in using the wrist (radial artery) to perform this procedure. Radial catheterization has been shown to decrease the risk of bleeding and is associated with improved patient comfort and does not require bed rest after the procedure.