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What Are the Risks Associated With Cardiac Catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization is generally safe. However, as with any invasive procedure, there are risks. Special precautions are taken to decrease these risks. Your doctor will discuss the risks of the procedure with you.
Risks are rare but can include:
Bleeding around the point of puncture
Abnormal heart rhythms
Allergic reaction to the dye
Perforation of a blood vessel
Air embolism (introduction of air into a blood vessel, which can be life-threatening)
Be sure to ask your doctor any questions you may have before undergoing cardiac catheterization or other tests for heart disease.