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Diagnostic Catheterization

As the leading cardiac catheterization service in the St. Louis area, the Barnes-Jewish & Washington University Heart & Vascular Center provides a wide range of diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions for patients with coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease. By providing a range of advanced techniques, our heart specialists can provide rapid and accurate diagnosis, imaging and interventional management--often minimizing the need for open-heart surgery.

The catheterization services offered include:

  • coronary angiography

  • left ventriculography

  • right-heart catheterization

  • measurement of intracardiac pressures

  • complex intracoronary stenting/intravascular ultrasound

  • rotational coronary atherectomy

  • angiojet (blood clot aspiration) and other thrombectomy

  • intercoronary flow measurements (fractional flow reserve and Doppler flow)

  • alcohol septal ablation for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

  • optical coherence tomography

  • mitral, aortic and pulmonic valvuloplasty procedures

  • percutaneous mitral repair (Evalve mitral clip)

  • percutaneous aortic valve replacement  

More than 7,000 procedures are undertaken annually by our cardiology specialists, with an acute success rate of interventional cases of 97 percent.

To make an appointment with a Washington University heart or vascular specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 855.925.0631.