Heart catheterization: Getting ready for the procedure

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Heart catheterization is a test that is done to see how well blood is moving through the heart. Read how to prepare your child for heart catheterization.

Key points

  • Heart catheterization is a test that gives your child's doctor information about how your child's heart is working.
  • Your child will need to have some other tests before the heart catheterization test.
  • Before the test, you will be given special instructions on when to stop feeding your child, and any medication changes.
  • Your child will probably have sleep medicine for the test. Your child may need to stay in hospital overnight after the test.
  • Your child's doctor will talk to you about problems that could happen because of the test.
Last updated: December 17th 2009