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Why are catheter-based procedures more commonly associated with the heart?

Dr. John Terry explains why catheter-based procedures are commonly associated with the heart. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


cardiac catheterization is a way to examine heart health by the insertion of a thin tube, a catheter, into a blood vessel, according to the American Heart AssociationOff Site Icon. Heart muscle is resilient and can hold up under this type of procedure, whereas brain tissue is more sensitive, according to the AHA. For this reason, catheter- based procedures are usually performed on the heart more often than on the brain, according to the AHA.

For more information about cardiac catheterization, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; John Terry, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Elizabeth Marriott, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

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