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The Principles of Cardiac Catheterization

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Cardiac catheterization is an invasive radiographic procedure used to examine the heart and its blood vessels. It allows the physician to evaluate cardiac function and the severity of cardiac disease, and to determine the most appropriate therapeutic intervention. This interactive learning program is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of cardiac catheterization. The program begins with a brief overview of heart anatomy and coronary circulation, followed by an exploration of different topics in cardiac catheterization.


Upon completion of this learning program, you will be able to::

  • Describe the anatomy of the heart.
  • Describe the cardiac and coronary circulation.
  • Define cardiac catheterization.
  • List the diagnostic and interventional indications for cardiac catheterization.
  • Recognize contraindications to cardiac catheterization.
  • Describe the 2 main categories of cardiac catheterization labs and their different settings.



  • Welcome
  • Disclaimer
  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives
  • The Heart and Coronary Circulation
  • Anatomy of the Heart
  • Anatomy of the Heart (Continued)
  • Anatomy of the Heart (Continued)
  • Anatomy of the Heart (Continued)
  • Cardiac Circulation
    • Slideshow: Pulmonary Circulation
    • Slideshow: Systemic Circulation
  • Coronary Circulation
  • Coronary Circulation (Continued)
    • Side Note: Did You Know?
  • Pop Quiz
  • Coronary Arteries
    • Popup: Right Coronary Artery
    • Popup: Left Coronary Artery
  • Coronary Veins
  • Progress Check
  • Definition of Cardiac Catheterization
  • Procedure Overview
    • Side Note: Did You Know?
  • Indications
  • Overview
  • Diagnostic Indications
  • Diagnostic Indications (Continued)
  • Diagnostic Indications (Continued)
    • Popup: Congestive Heart Failure
    • Popup: Left Ventricular Dysfunction
  • Diagnostic Indications (Continued)
  • Diagnostic Indications (Continued)
  • Diagnostic Indications (Continued)
  • Interventional Indications
  • Interventional Indications (Continued)
    • Video: Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) Procedure
  • Drug-eluting Stent (DES)
  • Progress Check
  • Contraindications
  • Relative Contraindications
  • Progress Check
  • Lab Facilities
  • Labs With Cardiovascular Surgical Capabilities
  • Labs Without Cardiovascular Surgical Capabilities
  • Progress Check
  • Test Your Acquired Knowledge
  • Summary
  • Final Assessment
  • End of Program
  • Delivery
    The Principles of Cardiac Catheterization
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    Education Provider
    40 mins
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    Price Details
    $19.99 Member, $24.99 Non Member (1 Year access to this program)
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