Dr. Saks explains what a cardiac catheterization is and what it tells a doctor about a woman's heart.
A cardiac catheterization is also called a left heart catheterization or an angiogram. That’s a procedure where we numb up the patient’s groin area where there is a big blood vessel, and we put a small tube and feed it up into the heart blood vessels, and we squirt iodine which is x-ray dye, and we’re able to see all of the heart blood vessels in a lot of different directions as the camera spins around and see how blocked each of those blood vessels are and whether or not they need to be fixed.
About Dr. Saks, D.O.:
Dr. Shani S. Saks joined the Arizona Heart Institute in September 2005, following a three-year invasive cardiology fellowship at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Saks completed her undergraduate and Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she graduated Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Saks continued her medical education by completing an internal medicine residency at the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where she served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Saks is a Certified Internist by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. Due to significant and premature heart disease in her own family, Dr. Saks has a strong commitment to patient education, reducing risk of heart disease, preventative medicine and women’s health. Dr. Saks provides services at the Arizona Heart Institute location in central Phoenix.
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