A simplified method for left heart catheterization including coronary arteriography

D. E. Wells, B. Befeler, J. B. Winkler, R. J. Myerburg, A. Castellanos, C. A. Castillo

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A simplified method for performing retrograde left heart catheterization is described which utilizes a family of preshaped catheters via brachial artery cutdown. A single closed tip catheter was the sole catheter utilized to accomplish complete left heart studies including coronary artery cineangiography, ventriculography and aortography in 50 of 100 cases. A second, specially shaped, open tip catheter was used in an additional 46 cases, and a third in 4. The aortic valve could be crossed readily, and ventriculography was accomplished with a minimum of premature ventricular contractions. Coronary arteriography could be performed safely with a closed tip catheter in the majority of the patients. Left heart study with these catheters caused minimal arterial trauma, a low incidence of complications and shortened catheterization times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)959-962
Number of pages4
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1973


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Wells, D. E., Befeler, B., Winkler, J. B., Myerburg, R. J., Castellanos, A., & Castillo, C. A. (1973). A simplified method for left heart catheterization including coronary arteriography. Unknown Journal, 63(6), 959-962. https://doi.org/10.1378/chest.63.6.959