What is a coronary pressure wire test?

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A coronary pressure wire test is a coronary catheterization procedure in which a thin tube (called a catheter) is threaded through an artery up toward your heart. It can help show whether a narrowed section of a coronary artery is likely to cause problems in the future. A catheter is attached to a sensor that measures blood pressure in the artery before and after the narrowed area. Comparing the two measurements can show how much the narrowed area is limiting blood flow.

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Diagnostic Procedures

Allergy tests, echocardiograms, biopsies, semen analysis and spinal taps are just a few of the medical diagnostic procedures that are performed on patients diagnose diseases and conditions. These classification procedures do not i...

nvolve x-ray imaging or a surgical procedure, but, involve taking measurements and samples of fluids, tissues and cells. Learn more about diagnostic procedures from our experts.
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