Cardiac catheterization is an invasive, non-surgical , procedure performed by your cardiologist to assess any plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart (coronary artery disease - CAD) , evaluate the pumping function of the heart (Ejection Fraction - EF%) and obtain oxygenation and pressure readings.
After mild sedation, the physician insert a small hollow tube into the vein or the artery, leading to the heart, through which readings are taken and contrast injection are administered, which are visualized on a big X-ray monitor that will show any narrowing in the arteries. Most patients have little or no discomfort during the procedure and they are monitored very closely. Dr. Bokhari has performed thousands of these procedures and is one of the pioneers in the Inland Empire to complete these procedures via an access through the arteries of the wrist.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
Percutaneous coronary intervention PCI is a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure in which the narrowed arteries of the heart are unblocked with balloon angioplasty and/or a stent (a metallic scaffold to keep the arteries open) without the need for an open heart surgery. It can be performed on an inpatient or even an outpatient setting. Most patients tolerate the procedure very well with little or no downtime at all. Dr Bokhari is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases as well as Interventional Cardiology.